According to a recent study conducted by a Ph.D. student from Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with a Facebook staffer, shows that majority of Facebook users self-censor their comments before they post it.
Self-censorship is defined in the study as “the act of preventing oneself from speaking.” Basically, it is checking and possibly editing your comment before hitting enter. As it turns out, social media has enabled users to write and evaluate their views before they share these views, and that is how, at least according to the lead researchers, users get this chance to second guess what they have written.
The research was led by Adam Kramer, data scientist of Facebook, and Sauvik Das of Carnegie Mellon University. For 17 days, they examined about 3.9 million Facebook users and their habits, and the results showed that self-censorship is done by 71% of these users.
It is natural for humans to assess how they would appear to others. But 71 percent seems to be a very large percentage, especially since we see a lot of undesirable messages being posted on the site, and dubious photos, and unpleasant status updates.