Well, you might want to consider making the time.
In the study, researchers included clauses in fictitious agreements, such as being willing to provide a firstborn child as payment for a service. And 98% of the time, people missed these clauses and agreed to the terms!
So what other terms of service could we unknowingly be agreeing to because we haven’t read the fine print?
Read more: What to know before you sign a contract
98% of people would give away their firstborn child because they didn’t read the fine print
In the study, researchers included ‘gotcha’ clauses such as sharing information with the NSA and employers, and also about agreeing to provide a firstborn child as payment for the service.
The agreement said, ‘In addition to any monetary payment … all users of this site agree to immediately assign their first-born child. If the user does not yet have children, this agreement will be enforceable until the year 2050.’
Clark said on the radio show that any industry requiring terms of service agreements or agreement to privacy policies for services needs to provide a simple box explaining what the user is agreeing to, instead of a long laundry list of legal terms that the average person can hardly understand. In the meantime, the website UsablePrivacy.org can help people better understand privacy policies and service agreements.