The terms and conditions may be deemed just too long and boring by new customers and members that they’re commonly overlooked. However, here are three things you should know before saying ‘I do’.
For Better, For Worse:
For a typical marriage, this promise is what scares me the most. It may seem easy and harmless to just click on a little green button that says ‘I Agree’ without truly reading or understanding the lengthy text. However, you may end up agreeing to some crazy stuff that you would have not normally agreed too.
Eventually during the course of using the services you signed up for, problems may arise. The organization or company may use your personal information however they please whether you’re happy about it or not. This is simply because you agreed to it when you signed up for the service. There might be no turning back (for worse indeed).
You May Be Selling your Soul:
While not necessarily true, some really surprising things may be inserted in the terms of service agreement that you might have overlooked. A very interesting research was conducted by Prof. Jonathan Obar of York University in Toronto and Prof. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch of the University of Connecticut. It illustrates how blind people can be to terms of service agreements. They created a test social network called NameDrop for college students to use. An intriguing feature of this website’s terms of service was the inclusion of an agreement to give NameDrop (the social network) their future first-born children. Can you believe it?
Shockingly enough, hundreds of unsuspecting college students just overlooked the whole text and hurriedly clicked the “Join” button to become members of NameDrop. Only a quarter of the 543 students even bothered to skim over the terms of service agreement. However, everyone of them eventually agreed to the terms. Fortunately, NameDrop isn’t a real social network and I’m sure that the students must have felt silly afterwards.
You May Be Giving Up Your Rights:
Did you know that when you agree to a terms of service, you give the company or organization the right to keep, analyze and sell your data? While this may not be bad for willing users who know what they’re doing, you may not have noticed this in the terms of service agreement because you hurriedly agreed to it. In the long run when something goes wrong, you may lose your right to go to court simply because you clicked away your rights.
Now that you understand why skimming and not actually reading the terms of service agreement of any organization or company may be detrimental to you, I recommend you take your foot off the gas and remain calm when you’re on a new website before saying “I do.”
This article was written by I’m Emmanuel Ozigi, a biochemist in the making from Nigeria. In my spare time, I’m a science, health, and fitness blogger. I also specialize in graphic design and photo editing. I also have this insatiable hunger for information and the desire to learn new things. Visit my blog at http://sciencehealth24.com.