Image Source: Flickr/Oli Dunkley

BY SAMANTHA KUBOTA

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 

The Facebook community’s gettin’ preeetty unfriendly lately.


Whether it’s limiting what people can see on their profiles, or defriending all together, a new report suggests social media users are getting more privacy setting savvy.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report Friday saying “Women and younger users tend to unfriend more than others.”

Forbes says “dudes” are more reckless online than females when it comes to managing that online rep.

“Apparently, women are ‘unfriendlier’ than men, with 67% of the ladies surveyed saying they have pruned people from their contact lists, compared with 58% of men.”

But All Things Digital notes not all people are necessarily concerned with online privacy.

“It could be interpreted that avid users of social networks, who share lots of personal details, have abandoned any expectations of privacy, or are ‘uniquely unconcerned’ about online privacy.”

USA Today notes education might not correlate with how well you use privacy settings.

“Think all that time in school taught you something? People with the highest levels of education reported having the most difficulty figuring out their privacy settings. That said, only 2% of social media users described privacy controls as ‘very difficult to manage.’”

Study: ' Unfriending' on the Rise in Social Media

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Feb 25, 2012

Study: ' Unfriending' on the Rise in Social Media

Image Source: Flickr/Oli Dunkley

BY SAMANTHA KUBOTA

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

 

The Facebook community’s gettin’ preeetty unfriendly lately.


Whether it’s limiting what people can see on their profiles, or defriending all together, a new report suggests social media users are getting more privacy setting savvy.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report Friday saying “Women and younger users tend to unfriend more than others.”

Forbes says “dudes” are more reckless online than females when it comes to managing that online rep.

“Apparently, women are ‘unfriendlier’ than men, with 67% of the ladies surveyed saying they have pruned people from their contact lists, compared with 58% of men.”

But All Things Digital notes not all people are necessarily concerned with online privacy.

“It could be interpreted that avid users of social networks, who share lots of personal details, have abandoned any expectations of privacy, or are ‘uniquely unconcerned’ about online privacy.”

USA Today notes education might not correlate with how well you use privacy settings.

“Think all that time in school taught you something? People with the highest levels of education reported having the most difficulty figuring out their privacy settings. That said, only 2% of social media users described privacy controls as ‘very difficult to manage.’”

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