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Boys like Facebook, girls like Instagram. Wealthier kids Snapchat. Lower income kids Facebook. And somehow Google+ is still relevant.

So says the Pew Research Center's latest study, "Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015," in which we officially learn that teenagers spend as much time online as adults think they do:

  • 92 percent of teens report going online daily.
  • 24 percent say they go online "almost constantly."
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Profiteering tech giants are mining your information and using it to sell you more stuff.

The government is watching your online activity and storing it for what use, we don't know. 

Bob Scheer thinks both are dangers to democracy. The journalist and founder of Truthdig.com says silencing dissent is one possible danger from the mass collection of all our data.

His new book "They Know Everything About You" wants readers, especially Millennials, to wake up to the fact that privacy is important and shouldn't be sacrificed for the ease of shopping online.

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Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his support for regulating broadband access like a utility, some of the strongest regulations possible for the industry.

Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has outlined his vision of the Internet, saying his agency should use its authority "to implement and enforce open Internet protections."

In an op-ed piece in Wired magazine, Wheeler writes:

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There is a lot of information out in cyberspace about you. You don't know who has it. Largely you don't understand how they got it. You don't know how they intend to use it. You don't know if it is accurate.

Your life will increasingly be affected by that data. Will you get that job? Will you be able to get on the airplane?

What is the future of your digital self? What can we do to better regulate the use of our data?

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