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ERIC Number: ED113626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Privacy and Socialization to Adulthood.
Wynne, Edward
This speech discusses the negative effects of privacy on youth. The great technological developments, bureaucratization, and concentration of life in urban and suburban areas have greatly increased personal privacy and reduced close personal contacts. This paper discusses several studies which suggest that the above factors lead young people to have ambivalent attitudes toward privacy: on the one hand they value privacy highly, while on the other hand they desire close personal ties. Moreover, data show that privacy leads to antisocial acts as well as self-destructive acts. The punishment of antisocial acts by governmental agencies is counter-productive; certain basic changes in the American socialization process should be introduced to deal with the problem positively. Parents and other concerned adults should be given improved incentives to personally observe, and accept responsibility for, the conduct of children. Children and youths should be encouraged to spend more time within the personal observation of other youths or responsible adults and establish on-going relationships with them. Finally, the philosophical implications of our current high evaluation of personal privacy should be reconsidered. The author has tried to answer possible objections to his propositions. (SE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)