You know the feeling, you post something, then 10 minute, 10 hours, or perhaps a day later you want to take it back… well it’s not quite so simple (look at the Wiener example – ya, maybe a bit extreme but you get the idea). Well, Wiener has has spawned some research efforts and the results are starting to come out. According to Retrevo, over 35% of Americans suffer from some form of social posting regret, the numbers are much higher for people under the age of 25, and get this, if you happen to be an iPhone user then you’re in good company because they estimate over 50% of iPhone users have regrets about some posts. So perhaps think twice before you post in the future… the report cites that people are disrupting or causing issues either in their personal relationships or their work by careless posting of “sensitive” information.
Interesting to see the breakdown of careless postings by mobile platform.
According to result findings, the following breakdown by mobile type:
– 51% of iPhone users have some regret of a post made about themself
– 45% Blackberry
– 43% Android
More Study Highlights:
– Have you ever posted anything online about yourself that you regretted?
35% of everyone surveyed said yes
54% of respondents under 25 years old said yes
32% of respondents over age 25 said yes
– Of people who posted something online that they regretted:
11% said it didn’t cause any other problems
3% said it ruined their marriage or relationship
6% said it caused problems at work or home
15% said it caused problems, but they were able to remove it.
See more at http://www.lbszone.com/content/view/7653/2/