How Do Your Social Boundaries Compare?

With social media sites being just another part of our daily lives, it’s no wonder we tend to beef up security. We don’t get in our cars and drive down the road without a seat belt and we don’t leave the front door unlocked in the middle of the night – it only makes sense to put those online security settings to use and keep the boogy man out.

A recent tracking survey from the folks at the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has some interesting findings to share…interestingly enough, women are significantly more likely to choose private settings and social media users who are college graduates are significantly more likely than those with lower levels of education to say that they experience some difficulty in managing the privacy controls on their profiles.

I will be the first to admit — I am that woman college grad who gets irritated when the profile settings won’t do what I want them to do….anyone else not surprised?  Didn’t think so….

With the social networking sites (SNS) changing their user interfaces often to increase ease of usability, sometimes they are not so easy to use at first. No doubt whenever Facebook changes the home page layout, one or eighty of your friends are going to put their right of free speech to use in their status updates to express their unhappiness. A couple days later, no one remembers the old set up.

But with the new layouts, comes new features like instant tagging of a person by anyone who is able to view the photo or adding names to ‘check-ins’ or status updates. And it’s no wonder that an increase in deleted comments, untagged photos and ‘unfriending’ people are on the rise. As easy as it for someone to tag you at the local gas station filling up for the fourth time that week and crying at the pump, it is just as easy to untag yourself because, who really cares.

Nearly two-thirds of Internet users have a social networking profile and 58% of us restrict access. Over half restrict to private for ‘friends only’ to see and the remaining split the difference to ‘friends of friends’ and the hang-it-all-out-there ‘public’ folks.

And last but not least, male profile owners are almost twice as likely as female profile owners to regret posting some content….if that isn’t obvious enough (bwahahaha), profile owners ages 18-29 are three times more likely to later regret posted content than the profile owners ages 50 and older.

Lucky for me, I have friends of all ages and walks of life who post enough to keep me entertained and remembering to think before I type even though sometimes it’s more fun to not!

Author Amanda Hall

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