Fear-based Emotions That Drive Action - Privacy Concerns
Fear, distrust, worry, and anxiety are the main emotions associated with privacy that would best drive people to take action and control their privacy. However, how people react to these emotions depends on their respective generation. Gen Zers and Millennials tend to fear less, trust more, worry less, and are less anxious as compared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers when it comes to their privacy and online security.
Emotional Climate & Privacy
- People are nowadays dependent on technology regardless of their age because individuals are on their computers, smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets as these devices have become necessary and easier options to accomplish daily tasks like shopping, banking or getting information.
- Since technology is deeply rooted in our everyday lives, everyone wants to be protected, everyone wants to surf the web but still feel safe and free.
- However, in as much as everyone wants to be protected from malware, ID theft, fraud, and have their privacy protected—or rather want to control their privacy—the degree of safety varies across the generations.
- Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are fearful or rather more concerned about the privacy of their data than Millennials.
- In a survey that was commissioned by Rivetz, 90% of the respondents agreed that they would find it important to prevent someone from accessing the content on their smartphone if they lost it. However, despite the fear of losing their phones, Millennials were less concerned about protecting their data compared to other generations.
- 66% of Gen Xers and 62% of Baby Boomers were more concerned about how securely their IoT devices communicated compared to 33% of Millennials.
- Moreover, other than personal data that is exchanged between the devices, financial information—which many can term as the most sensitive—is also exchanged. The study found that both Millennials and Gen Zers are not even afraid of this set of circumstances.
- Millennials and Gen Zers are not motivated by fear as much as the other two generations; 14% of Gen Zers and Millennials are twice as likely to stay signed in to online banking accounts compared with 7% of Gen Xers or Baby Boomers.
- When it comes to trust, Millennials and Gen Zers more trusting than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers; despite many people being wary of losing their privacy in social media sites, Millennials trust security experts and technology firms to help them.
- A recent report on customer trust trends by Salesforce revealed that consumers are still at a crossroads in giving their personal information to companies because they do not trust them. Nevertheless, the report further shows that 75% of Gen Zers and Millennials are okay in giving their personal information to get more personalized experiences as opposed to 56% of Baby Boomers.
- Another study found that Millennials and Gen Zers are over 25% more likely than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers to opt for a personalized experience/predictive internet. Moreover, the study also revealed that 50% of Gen Zers will stop visiting a site if it did not anticipate their needs/provide a personalized experience.
- Both Millennials and Gen Zers also worry less about their privacy or how much control they have over their privacy than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. According to a Forbes article, one of the Gen Z interviewees said that he is open to his information being shared because there is no need to hide or worry since if anyone wants to find your data on the internet he or she can.
- Another interviewee said that as long as she is informed of how the personal data will be used she will have no problem.
- However, older generations, the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, worry about losing/sharing their personal information especially after watching news and reading about how companies are getting hacked and having their data stolen.
- Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are more anxious about what they post and who sees it among other privacy concerns than Millennials and Gen Zers. A study revealed that 32%-37% of Baby Boomers only allow trusted people to see anything they post on social media and employ a lot of privacy restrictions. This can be interpreted to mean Baby Boomers are anxious about sharing their lives on social media platforms.
- The study further stated that 79%-84% of Boomers are more unlikely to give away personal information such as their birth date, real-world address or social security number on a social media profile.
- The study further said that Boomers led the other generations in feeling that "[they] consciously try to limit the amount of personal information [they] share online" and this type of statement described them very well.
- In addition, according to the findings of the research, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are not only anxious but also least confident that they are protected from online security threats when compared to Millennials and Gen Zers.