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After Ten Years: Facebook's Users Pet Peeves

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After Ten Years: Facebook's Users Pet Peeves

Facebook turns 10 years old this week. That means that about 1.2 billion people now spend an average of more than 8 hours a month doing something that wasn’t even an activity a decade ago.

It’s been a steep learning curve, and there’s plenty that we, as Facebook users, are still figuring out. In a recent survey, Pew Research Center asked 1,801 American adults what they like and dislike about the social network. It seems the source of our biggest collective pet peeve is also the thing that draws us most strongly to Facebook in the first place: the way people share photos and other personal content.

For users as a whole, the most frequent complaint, voiced by 61% of respondents, is oversharing. Some 36% of users reported strong dislike for people who share too much information about themselves, and another 25% said they somewhat dislike such people. In similar numbers, users expressed discomfort with having their faces or names appear in others’ posts without consent.

Far more intense was a feeling among the subset of users with minor children. In this group, the most popular grievance by far was “People posting pictures of your children without your permission.” Fifty-seven percent of parents said they strongly dislike that.*

But while we may not like it when we find ourselves or our kids tagged in someone else’s posts, we love seeing other people there. Looking at photos and videos of the people in our network is the No. 1 reason users gave for being on Facebook. Listed as a major reason by 47% of respondents, it narrowly beat out “Being able to share something with many people at the same time.”

Pew’s researchers also examined the idea that looking at photos on Facebook is, for many of us, a form of masochism. Some psychologists have claimed that using social media encourages depression, inspiring envy of others’ lives or anxiety from the “fear of missing out,” or FOMO.

On a conscious level, at least, it’s not something that bothers us. Only 5% of survey-takers said they strongly dislike seeing posts showing activities they weren’t included in. An overwhelming majority, 84%, said it doesn’t bother them.

*To those of you whose kids have appeared in my Facebook pictures: I’m sorry! I had no idea it was such a touchy matter.

Source: Forbes

 

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