A new study from Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research asked 1,605 adults in the US how they use social media. Their findings? Despite knowing the privacy risks and immortality of online information, we're obsessed.
The research found that 40% of those surveyed admitted to being "Facebook addicts," 34% said they checked Facebook first thing in the morning (even before they go to the bathroom), and 26% of women between 18 and 34 said they wake up in the middle of the night to read their texts.
Although 54% of young women (18-24 years old) say they do not trust Facebook with their private info and 89% believe "you should never put anything on Facebook that you don't want your parents to see," half say they're comfortable being Facebook friends with strangers, 42% are okay with sharing photos of themselves looking "visibly intoxicated," 32% think photos of themselves or others "making obscene gestures" are appropriate, and nearly 80% are fine posting photos showing kissing.
Some additional highlights from the Oxygen and Lightspeed research:
-- 20% of men use Facebook to "hook up," compared to 6% of women.
-- 65% of men and 50% of women are okay with dating people they've met via Facebook.
-- 9% of women have broken up via Facebook--while 24% of men have done the same.
-- Should your significant other have access to your Facebook account? Forty-nine percent of women say it's appropriate for a girlfriend to have access to her boyfriend's account, with 42% of men believing the same.
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