Privacy of information is connected to personal disclosure, or one’s willingness, or unwillingness, to uncover personal information to others. Each individual owns his or her personal information and determines to whom to disclose this information. The decision to share or not disclose personal information is up to each individual. Depending on the topic of information, confiding personal details to others can either draw them closer or push them further away. Disclosing private information to others can potentially threaten the original owner and doing so involves risks associated with financial, emotional, and physical consequences. To determine which risks are worthy of disclosure of personal information, the owner must weigh them against the potential benefits for disclosure (e.g., increased intimacy, potential to help others). The ...
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