Facebook Users Streamline Friends List for Privacy Sake

February 25th, 2012 at 6:38 am

A recently-released report from the Pew Research Center of Washington says that more and more Facebook users are pruning and restricting their friends list to maintain their privacy. They are beginning to realize that they do not have to tell everybody where they at, what they think, or what they do.

About 63 percent of social network users say they have removed people from their list (or circles) of friends (or followers), an increase from 56 percent three years ago. The center’s Internet & American Life Project reports that 58 percent of users set their profiles accessible only to a private group of friends and relatives, while 19 percent prefer to have some level of privacy settings to control who among their friends can view. Only 20 percent of users keep their profiles public.

There is also an increase among people who have untagged themselves from Facebook photos and other social networking sites, from 30 percent in 2009 to 37 percent. The report also shows women are more concerned about privacy than men, as 67 percent of women restrict access to just friends, while only 48 percent of men do so. On the flip side, men are almost twice as likely as women (15 to 8 percent) to regret something they have posted on Facebook.

The research is based on interviews with over 2,200 adults from April 26 to May 22, 2011.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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