People share too much online – survey respondents

10 May 2012

Nine out of 10 American adults believe people are sharing too much information about themselves online, with nearly half of US adults reporting they feel overwhelmed by the amount of information shared, a new survey suggests.

Results from Intel’s ‘Mobile Etiquette’ survey also reveal that 85pc of US adults share information online, with 25pc of them sharing information at least once a day.

Twenty-three per cent of survey respondents feel they are missing out when they are not able to share or consume information online.

The survey points out a downside to digital sharing, as well: what is shared can annoy others. People who constantly complain is the top annoyance, cited by 59pc survey respondents, followed by people who post inappropriate/explicit photos (55pc), and people who share information that they would consider private (53pc).

The survey respondents stated they wish people thought more about how others perceive them when reading shared information online, and how this can cause the recipients of that information to form opinions based on a person’s online personality and sharing behaviour. Four out of 10 respondents reported they typically choose not to associate with people whose opinions they disagree with online.

“The Intel survey results clearly show that we love being connected. Sharing and getting together online are integral parts of building and maintaining relationships,” explains author and etiquette expert Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute.

“But we’re still finding our way when it comes to determining the most appropriate behaviour in any given situation online. Should I post a picture of my friend’s newborn before she does? Is it acceptable to have three different online dating profiles? Does your entire social network want to know what you had for dinner last night? The Intel survey results help us to continue building etiquette guidelines for appropriate online behaviour and sharing,” Post said