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People Are Getting Less Friendly On ‘Facebook’

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Facebook‘ was created as “A Place For Friends”, but it seems that people are getting noticeably less friendly while online.

A Pew survey shows that deleting friends, comments and overall privacy are at an all time high on ‘Facebook’.  Check out some of the stats, and see who is leading this unfriendly charge.

Last year, 44 percent deleted comments from their profile on a social networking site. Only 36 percent did the same thing in 2009.

Almost two-thirds deleted friends, up from 56 percent in 2009. And more people are removing their names from pictures, especially on Facebook upload.

Other findings:

1. Women are much more likely than men to restrict their profiles. Pew found that 67 percent of women set their profiles so that only their “friends” can see it. Only 48 percent of men did the same.

2. People with the highest levels of education reported having the most difficulty figuring out their privacy settings. That said, only 2 percent of social media users described privacy controls as “very difficult to manage.”

3. There weren’t significant differences in people’s basic privacy controls by age. So younger people were just as likely to use privacy controls as older people. Sixty-two percent of teens and 58 percent of adults restricted access to their profiles to friends only.

4. Young adults were more likely than older people to delete unwanted comments. Fifty-six percent of social media users 18 to 29 deleted comments that others have made on their profile. That’s compared with 40 percent of people 30 to 49 and 34 percent of people 50 to 64.

5. Men are more likely to post something they regret later. Fifteen percent of males posted something regrettable, compared with 8 percent of females.

6. Young adults are more likely to post something regrettable than older people. Fifteen percent of users 18 to 29 posted something regrettable. Only 5 percent of people over 50 said the same thing.

So is your profile public or private?  What made you decide to set it the way it is right now?

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