Only one in five people tell the truth on Facebook: study

Survey results show that men are more likely to lie through their social networking profiles than women


Almost one third of participants said their profile pages on Facebook and Twitter are pretty accurate. Photo: AFP
Almost one third of participants said their profile pages on Facebook and Twitter are pretty accurate. Photo: AFP

London: Less than 20% of people portray themselves truthfully on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, a new UK-based study has found. According to the survey of 2,000 Britons, just 18% represent themselves accurately, while the huge majority only post content which makes their lives look more interesting to their friends and family.

The results also showed that men are more likely to lie through their social networking profiles than women. Nearly half (43%) of men admitted that their social media profile is not an accurate representation of their real lives.

Almost one third of participants said their profile pages on Facebook and Twitter are “pretty accurate, just with all the boring bits removed.” Nearly 14% admitted that their profiles make it look like they have a “much more active social life” than they actually do, ‘ibtimes.co.uk’ reported.

Conducted by Custard, a digital marketing agency, the survey also showed that the largest annoyance to British social network users was other people posting attention-seeking statuses.

Around 42% of respondents felt that content like “gushing about babies or partners” and handing out cryptic complaints about other people was the most annoying. Uploading too many selfies was the second-highest ranking annoyance, voted for by 40%.

Around a quarter of Britons admitted to getting into trouble after posting something on social media, as well as getting into an argument with someone over something they had posted on social media, with politics, religion and sexism being the most popular topics of confrontation.

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