Majority of social media users uncomfortable to post personal details or holiday plans

The majority of social media users feel uncomfortable about posting personal contact details on their profiles, while over three quarters would not mention that they were going on holiday either.

In a survey of 1752 British adults commissioned by The Drum and conducted by YouGov, 94 per cent said that they would not feel comfortable posting their home address on a social media, while four per cent said that they would, with the remaining responded left unsure.

91 per cent said that they would not feel comfortable placing their telephone numbers on a social media website, while six per cent said that they would, and 60 per cent did not wish to post their email addresses, as opposed to 32 per cent who were comfortable to do so.

Meanwhile, 76 per cent said that they would not feel comfortable mentioning that they were going on holiday through social media, with only 18 per cent happy to do so.

Posting holiday photographs was split evenly with 46 per cent comfortable to do so, and 48 per cent uncomfortable, these exact numbers were reversed when it came to posting pictures from a family event.

72 per cent of 18-24 year old respondents said that they were comfortable posting holiday pictures.

Meanwhile, there was a close divide when it came to posting images of children on social media, with 37 per cent believing it be appropriate and 43 per cent believing the opposite and 20 per cent stating that they didn’t know.

Asked whether they had become more-or-less willing to post personal information on social media in the last year, 30 per cent said that they had, while 49 per cent said that there was no change and that they had never been happy to do so, although another 14 per cent said that there was no change in their willingness to post information.

Of those who responded, Facebook was found to be the most popular social media site used by 65 per cent, followed by Twitter at 23 per cent, Linkedin at 12 per cent, MySpace at one per cent, Other by three per cent and none by 27 per cent.

Of those who responded, 850 were male and 902 were female.

The same survey also found that the majority of respondents did not plan to use social media recommendations for their Christmas shopping.

Yesterday, The Drum reported that What'sApp had overtaken Facebook as the most popular messaging service on smartphones.

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