‘You’ve been tagged’ – one-third of us dread Facebook photos emerging from a night out

5 Jun 2013

We’ve all been there. It’s the morning after the night before, you wake up groggy and as you get your bearings you notice an inordinately large number of Facebook ‘Likes’ and you wonder what gives. Mortification! There you are in all your social glory, in a bar striking a pose that would be outlawed by various cultures. Apparently this dread is experienced by over a third of us who are tagged in Facebook photos.

A new survey by Canon reveals that one third of Irish Facebook users say “you’ve been tagged” are the words they dread to hear after a night on the tiles.

And 32pc say that someone taking a picture of them at an unflattering angle is their biggest photo pet peeve.

Sixteen percent say they hate it when someone doesn’t zoom in close enough, followed by 14pc who hate it when pictures are taken while their eyes are closed.

According to the Canon Ireland survey 28pc of peopled polled post their photos to Facebook and Twitter but one in five still prefer to print their photographs.

Interestingly, of those who currently don’t print their pictures 61pc admit that they miss having printed photographs.

The survey was carried out among 779 adults aged 18-plus, consisting 70pc men and 30pc women between 20 May and 27 May.

“The research clearly shows that we’re a nation of photography lovers with over half of us taking photographs every week,” said Jonathan Sultan, marketing manager for Canon Ireland.

“It’s also no surprise that despite the phenomenal growth of social media, one in five of us still like to print photos and almost half of us like to keep a printed photograph in our wallet.”

The survey also found:

·      Over 1 in 4 of take pictures every day (27pc)

·      43pc keep a printed photo of their loved one in their wallet

·      32pc of us take the same picture three times to get it just right

·      14pc admit to taking ‘selfies’

·      Barack Obama and Brian O’Driscoll are the men we would most like to photograph while Meryl Streep and Mary McAleese are our top female choices

It’s complicated image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years