According to MSNBC, at least 60 million people now play online games like FarmVille, Café World or Pet Society through social media Websites like Facebook and MySpace. The games are a big hit with social network users because they’re easy to play, they’re fun to play with friends, and because they’re relatively free. Unfortunately, there may be serious hidden costs to these online games, which may make you think twice about playing.
Yeah, these online games are fun, but there are other services that ask for that permission to share data with social networks. I'm guilty. This article gave me a lot to think about. Just about every social networking site asks for your birthdate, and if you don't give it, you can't join some of them. Some don't give you an option to hide it. But, without the info, would I have found half my Facebook friends who went to high school with me? This is my ongoing dilemma. The carrot is under my nose, and sometimes, I can't help but bite it. Connecting with old friends and making new ones is the main attraction of social networking for me, anyway, as a shut-in.
Read up, and you decide :) The Internet has its risks, but so does talking about your home life at work or school.