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Most Annoying Online Faux Pas? Oversharing

Most Annoying Online Faux Pas? Oversharing Credit: Whisper image via Shutterstock

It appears that America could use a crash course on mobile manners, a new survey shows. Nine out of 10 American adults believe that people are sharing too much information about themselves online, and nearly half report that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of information being shared. Digital oversharing is now the leading mobile etiquette faux pas, the survey found.

An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (85 percent) share information online, with one-quarter of U.S. adults sharing information at least once a day, according to a national survey of more than 2,000 adults sponsored by Intel, the computer chip company. Nearly one-quarter of U.S. adults (23 percent) feel they are missing out when they are not able to share or consume information online.

While digital sharing on mobile devices helps us stay connected to others, the tendency to share too much information can annoy people, the survey found. The top digital sharing pet peeves include people who constantly complain (59 percent), people who post inappropriate/explicit photos (55 percent) and people who share information that they would consider private (53 percent).

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Most U.S. adults (81 percent) believe that mobile manners are becoming worse (compared to 75 percent of U.S. adults surveyed a year ago), and 92 percent of U.S. adults wish people practiced better mobile etiquette in public.

"The Intel survey results clearly show that we love being connected," said Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute. "Sharing and getting together online are integral parts of building and maintaining relationships. But we’re still finding our way when it comes to determining the most appropriate behavior in any given situation online.”

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.

Ned Smith
Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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