Love in an Age of Facebook: Survey

By Cameron Scott 

facebook, privacy, romance, social networks, social mediaMore than half of U.S. adults shares details of their love lives on Facebook, according to a study of more than 1,000 people published by Abine, a privacy software company.

Nearly one in five respondents had posted provocative pictures of themselves or details of romantic encounters online. But more than three in five were not confident that what they shared on social media would remain private.

Facebook users also contributed to their own privacy woes. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they had accepted “friend” or “follow” requests from people they didn’t know well, meaning those people were privy to the details of the users’ love lives.

Two in five respondents admitted to looking at their significant other’s emails or other private messages. One in three said they had reviewed their partner’s browser history.

More than 60 percent of respondents de-friended or blocked their exes on social media after a breakup. Half de-tagged themselves from photos with their ex.