A study released this week reveals that 47% of Facebook users have written bad words on your pages. A survey last week, meanwhile, showed that men without a college education to speak of alcohol on Facebook tend to have more friends. So our level of intolerance of bad language or the link between alcohol and make friends, these studies provide Facebook looks intriguing about our online behavior.
And yet polls say that Facebook has a more fundamental role. With over 600 million users of Facebook, these studies provide a deeper understanding of the evolution of our cultural norms, values, morality and changing relationships with others.
Do not you believe me? Here are some fascinating facts of Facebook that would serve as a glimpse of our values of the XXI Century.
1 to 56% of Americans think it is irresponsible to be a friend of his bosses at Facebook
A February 2010 survey showed that most Americans are not socially acceptable to be Facebook friends from their bosses. D study 1,000 people of Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project suggests that despite the increasing overlap between our work and our daily lives, we value their separation.
Meanwhile, 62% of respondents said it was wrong for a manager to become friends with an employee on Facebook. And 76% said it was okay to be friends with a pair on Facebook, suggesting that what we really value is that our work is judged on its merits rather than to move up based on our personal relationships.
2 – sex links are shared on Facebook 90% more than average
Facebook confirms the adage: sex sells. From February to May 2010, social media scientist Dan Zarella process 12,000 links to news sites and blogs. Found that the links about sex were 90% more likely to be shared on Facebook more than any other issue.
It also found that the links with positive feelings were easier to be shared on Facebook than those with negative views.
3 – People in relationships are happier than unmarried Facebook
In February 2010, Facebook marked Valentine’s Day by comparing the status of its users with their happiness. This assumption was based on the level of positive or negative feelings in Facebook status updates.
The result: those in a relationship is found a little bit happier than singles. Those who were married or engaged also were happier on average than singles.
However, users in an “open relationship”, where members are not unique, were significantly less happy than singles. Monogamy, it seems, makes us happy.
4 to 21% of people would end a relationship via Facebook
A June 2010 survey which polled 1,000 users of Facebook (70% men) found that 25% were made via Facebook (through the update of your sweetheart on your filing status.)
21% of the respondents said they would end up changing their relationship status on Facebook to “single.” Although disturbing, the study shows that most people are not separated by Facebook.
For this uncomfortable subject, it seems, still prefer more personal forms of communication. This particular study also seems to have a bit of machismo. A July 2010 investigation concluded that 9% of women had initiated a separation on Facebook, versus 24% of men.
5 – 85% of women are bothered her Facebook friends
For women in Facebook, friends can be rather irritating. In a study conducted by Eversave in March, 85% admitted to having felt uncomfortable with your friends on Facebook. Of these problems, the most often cited was “complaining all the time” (63%).
Other things have a bad temper are “political views share unsolicited” (42%) and “brag about supposedly perfect lives” (32%).
Although I expect to see a similar study focused on men, you can probably assume that these feelings are universal: our friends are a source of amusement and occasional irritation.
6 to 25% of households accounts do not use Facebook privacy controls
A June 2010 survey of Consumer Reports stated that “one in four households with an account on Facebook users did not notice or chose not to use the services of privacy control.”
While Consumer Reports chooses to interpret this finding in a negative way, I propose a contrary view: 75% of households took the time to understand the Facebook privacy controls, suggesting that privacy is still important for our society.
The same study found that 26% of Facebook users with children are potentially exposed to predators by posting names and photos of their children.
Again, the positive outlook of this is that 74% did not publish the pictures and names of their children, which implies that we value privacy.
7 to 48% of parents ask their children’s friends on Facebook
On the question if it is okay to be friends with your kids on Facebook, parents are divided in half: 48% have chosen to do so. Retrevo respondents in May 2010 admitted that this can be somewhat “uncomfortable at times.”
They were also asked parents about the minimum age at which children should be allowed to register on Facebook or MySpace. 26% of parents reported that “over 18”, 36% said “16 to 18” and 8% “less than 13.”
However, opinions can change quickly. A Consumer Reports survey released this month says that most parents of kids 10 years or less “seem very unconcerned about using Facebook for their children.”
8 to 47% of Facebook users have bad words in their walls
As mentioned before, a new study of reputation management services Repple found that 47% of Facebook users use bad words on their walls, and that these words were published by his friends, 56% of the time.
In other words, almost half of Facebook users are comfortable with the bad words. In English, the most widely used, not surprisingly, is beginning with “F. ..”.
9 to 48% of people say they look at the Facebook profiles of their former quite often
According to a study last January YouTango, 48% of respondents said they look at the profiles of Facebook or other social networking sites of their former quite often. The statistics illustrate that the danger of online profiles: former boyfriends or husbands are more accessible than ever.
But the study also noted a degree of caution among respondents. While new technologies provide new temptations, it seems that many users can control these behaviors.
10 to 36% of those under 35 years checked Facebook, Twitter and text messages after sex
A study in October 2009 Retrevo suggested that social networks are becoming an increasingly important part of the lives of young people. Among those who are under 35, 36% admitted to “tweet, send text messages or check Facebook after having sex.” 40% of respondents admitted to doing while driving, 64% at work and 65% use these roads during the holidays.
Here we might conclude that the next generation is taking society to a less desirable direction: a world in which digital devices are never neglected, even less appropriate situations.
If Facebook is our guide, I would say that our cultural norms remain intact. We value the professionalism. We find great satisfaction in human relations, and most of us try to leave honorably.
Furthermore, we value the privacy. We try to ensure our children. And as we have been since time immemorial, remains fascinated by sex.