Survey Shows Social Media Users Lack Etiquette


Online users in the United States lack social media etiquette, according to a national survey from

Commissioned by the website through analytics firm SurveyMonkey, the online survey of 890 adults living in the United States revealed the rapid growth of questionable behavior among social media users in the country.

MyLife found that some chunks of the US population have socially unacceptable behavior when using social networking sites.

The survey exposed that 88 percent of parents aged 18-35 fill their Facebook profiles with status updates and pictures of their kids at least once a month, and that 36 percent of women under the same age bracket would feel abashed if the people they usually lurk on know how frequently they looked at their profiles.

Another noteworthy revelation is that 10 percent of social media users lost friends because of posts about their political inclinations.

The survey revealed several culprits that offend the proper use of social media.

1. Lurker

A social media user who is comfortable with mere observations, posts occasional updates, and socially visible just to respond to posts from time to time.

The survey found that almost 25 percent of young adults below 35 years old confess crawling through a former lover’s social media profile at least once a month, but less for women, at 20 percent.

2. Vaguebooker

A social media user who posts – advertently or inadvertently – ambiguous status updates that compels friends and followers to ask about it in detail.

The survey revealed that 25 percent of adults aged 18-35 post vague updates every month, deliberately posting unclear status updates to make friends and followers respond or ask for details.

3. Spoiler alert

A social media user who uses social media, without second thought, to spill the details of a final episode or spread an unsolicited view of a new movie’s ending.

The survey exposed that 36 percent of social media users above 35 years old confess to posting TV series or new movie spoilers on their social networks, but only 14 percent of younger social networkers admit this behavior.

4. We get it – your kid’s cute

A social media user who loves his or her kid but extends unconstrained personal details about pouring out this love throughout social media.

The survey found that 88 percent of young parents upload pictures of their child or posting parenting updates once a month.

5. Joe Politics

A social media user who forcibly voices out his or her views on political issues, thinking the opinion is the right one.

The survey revealed that 35 percent of social media users post their beliefs on politics at least once a month, and 11 percent lost friends because of political posts.

6. Status-hole

A sarcastic social media user who loves to make fun, mock, or fire away at other people or at something.

MyLife’s survey found that 10 percent of social media users – most aged 18-35 – mock a person or something, or call them out.

The findings also show that social media users seek on the best options to control their online lives in both consumption and sharing.

According to a Harris Interactive 2012 survey for MyLife, 62 percent of adult social media users regularly visit their social network accounts to keep updated.

With many people unknowingly pushing friends away because of their bad behavior on social networks, it’s not actually a loss if poor social etiquette remains.

MyLife CEO Jeff Tinsley said consumers today get too tied up with their social media channels, regularly adding and consuming content – status updates, photos, and check-ins.

Since most social networking sites allow its users to post anything freely, social media has become a pool for unpleasant gaffe.

Tinsley added that social media users must be more conscious of their behavior online and remember how online communities understand their self-expression.


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Author: Francis Rey Balolong

A coffee junkie who spends most of his time writing about the latest news on social media and mobile technology. I would definitely consider myself a nerd (in the coolest most hipster way possible). That being said, I love technology, music, writing, and all things mobile.

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