Facebook not so fun with a click from boss or mom

LONDON Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:25am EST

In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in Bern May 19, 2012. Picture taken May 19, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel

In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through a magnifying glass held by a woman in Bern May 19, 2012. Picture taken May 19, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Posting pictures of yourself plastered at a party and talking trash online with your Facebook friends may be more stress than it's worth now that your boss and mom want to see it all.

A survey from Edinburgh Business School released on Monday showed Facebook users are anxious that all those self-published sins may be coming home to roost with more than half of employers claiming to have used Facebook to weed out job candidates.

"Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt," said Ben Marder, author of the report and fellow in marketing at the Business School.

"But now with your Mom, Dad and boss there, the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines."

On average, people are Facebook friends with seven different social circles, the report found, with real friends known to the user offline the most common.

More than four-fifths of users add extended family on Facebook, a similar number add siblings. Less than 70 percent are connected to friends of friends while more than 60 percent added their colleagues online, despite the anxiety this may cause.

Facebook has settings to control the information seen by different types of friends, but only one third use them, the report said.

"I'm not worried at all because all the really messy pics - me, drunken or worse - I detag straight away," said Chris from London, aged 30.

People were more commonly friends with former boyfriends or girlfriends than with current ones, the report also found.

(Reporting By Dasha Afanasieva, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Comments (3)
gvalentino wrote:
I quit facebook about three months ago and really have no differences in my life, other than having more time to read a book or go for a walk. I think FB is great for a lot of things but when total and complete strangers can see everything about you, without your permission it’s a little unnerving. I had nothing important to hide, but at the same time, we all go to the bathroom but we don’t leave the door open, either, do we?

Nov 26, 2012 10:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
majkmushrm wrote:
Zuckerberg’s claim of a post-privacy world is garbage. As time goes on, more people will come to understand that privacy matters.

Nov 26, 2012 12:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
Yep, Privacy issues will be the nail in Facebook’s coffin – people will quit using it eventually.

I rarely use it – mostly because of that. I would post funny stuff for friends, but I don’t want co-workers to see it. I would post stuff about work, but don’t want family to post questions about it…

And in the end – when it comes to privacy – you just don’t use that word in conjunction with ‘facebook’.

Nov 26, 2012 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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