- Feb 21, 2019
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I recently switched from Google to DuckDuckGo to see how much of a difference a search engine with no tracking would be. I came to realize how much I've become used to tracking, and at this point prefer it. It adds a slight inconvenience, and that's enough for me to go back to Google. It's odd to say but I think I gave up any reservations I had about this a while ago, assuming I can never win the fight against my data being tracked and sold.every iPhone and equivalent, every browser, have the functionality to block tracking, cookies, etc... to browse incognito to turn off automatic wifi discovery. It’s just there, in the settings. Yet most people prefer the convenience of browsing while cookied (BWC).
it reminds me of how people complain about how much commercial email they get yet (a) except for some rare exceptions, they subscribed to all of them, and (b)it takes one tap or click to unsubscribe. Yet unsubscribe rate are minuscule.
this tells me that things are a lot less black and white than a simplistic pro or against privacy. Many of us actually value some of the targeting, not to mention the incredible convenience of BWC - or we develop some FOMO of unsubscribing to emails (what if a great deal or content comes through). We adapt our life to this balance of give and take, and we develop consciousness of the limitations of (that part of our) privacy.