by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Before reading an article in the Telegraph this morning that warns that we’re breeding a generation of computer hackers, I had never heard the term “e-morals,” and now I kind of hope I don’t again. The practice of putting an “e” in front of any word is nearly as bad as an “i.”
Apparently lacking “e-morals” means that kids today “have no scruples about hacking into other peoples’ emails, bank accounts or personal networking profiles.” The study made the following revelations about their amoral Internet behavior:
- More than 10% of kids aged from 12 to 18 said they thought it was “cool” or even “funny” to pose as someone else online
- 1 in 7 12-to-13 year-olds admitted they already had
- 1/3 would consider hacking or spying on the internet if they could earn money by doing so
- 40% have logged on to another person’s social networking profile or accessed someone else’s online banking or email accounts
It should be noted that this study was conducted only among kids in Britain, though I’m not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing for the stats. Still, I’d be reluctant anyway to call kids who try to guess their friends’ MySpace passwords “hackers.”
The researchers are concerned that parents are setting a bad example. It’s already been suggested that kids growing up with file sharing will not have any intuition about copyright as “theft” – but when the U.S. president may not even understand the law, maybe we shouldn’t expect them to either. Doesn’t it make you long for the days before iPods, when you could walk into Tower Records and put a CD under your jacket and just know you were stealing?
So there you have it – kids today are not only iMoral, but they’re growing up amoral about e-morals.
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