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Hey Teens, Chances are You’ll Regret Oversharing Personal Information Online

character-guardianNearly 40% of internet users between the ages of 18-35 have regretted posting personal information about themselves, and 35% have regretted posting personal information about a friend or family member.

57% of 18-35-year-olds think people share too much about their personal thoughts and experiences, and nearly that many feel technology is robbing them of their privacy.

Additionally, just over half of respondents worry that friends or family will post something personal about them that they don’t want shared, according to a Euro RSCG Worldwide study titled “This Digital Life”1 that surveyed consumers in 19 countries, including the U.S.

What’s more, it’s not just parents and grandparents that worry your privacy habits aren’t strong enough; even other teens and twenty-something’s believe youth are particularly careless about protecting personal information online.

Young people also overwhelmingly (66%) believe that other youth have no sense of personal privacy and are willing to post anything and everything about their lives.

Oversharing by the numbers

According to a survey conducted by Badoo2 American’s overshare:

  • 62% have shared good news (e.g. a pregnancy or engagement) online
  • 39% of Americans have shared bad news (e.g. a death or divorce) on a social network
  • 24% confess they accept “friend requests” from people they aren’t really interested in and even those they don’t particularly like – and allow these people to see all their posts
  • 47% believe they have to be more guarded with what they say online

References

1: http://www.prosumer-report.com/blog/study-highlights-this-digital-life/
2: http://corp.badoo.com/entry/press/54/

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