These days pretty much everyone uses social networking. Even your Grandma has a Twitter account. But with all these people online, privacy has become a major concern. That’s why, according to a new study, people are taking steps to keep their profiles private. From venturebeat.com:
"Sixty-seven percent of American women and 58 percent of men who maintain social media profiles delete people from their network, according to Pew’s findings.
Altogether, 63 percent of adults have deleted friends (up from 56 percent in 2009), and 44 percent have deleted others’ comments from their profiles.
Women are especially keen on privacy: 67 precent of women, compared to 48 percent of men, set the highest privacy restrictions for their profiles."
Correlation does not imply causation. Just because a lot of people are deleting comments or hiding friends doesn’t mean they’re concerned about privacy. Maybe they’re just sick of some of the people on their feed. Some people are constantly posting links to YouTube videos that you don’t want to see. Some people post a million photos of their babies or their wedding. Some people get way too political. Some people post vacation videos and brag about how cool they are. And some people post vague rants talking about “some people” but leaving out specific names even though it’s obvious they’re basing it on real-life events. Those people are the worst.
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