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Most look for looks, not intelligence, on Facebook

by   Aug 17, 2012 12:33 IST

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London:  Most people in UK care about looking good on social networks like Facebook than seeming intelligent, according to a new survey.

A survey by an American multinational company looked at social media habits and found that looking as good as possible on Facebook profile pages is the main priority of 56 percent of Britons, the Daily Mail reported.

More than half Britons admitted they want to be more like their 'social media personas' than their real selves.

Women carefully hand-pick flattering pictures of themselves to post, while men craft their personalities around intelligence and courageous behaviour.

Social media users from the Middle East and the rest of Europe were far more concerned about appearing intelligent when posting online.

Sixty-one percent of people from these regions said they wanted to seem intellectual when sharing content and views across social media, the survey said.

The most common reason for indulging in such 'social lies' was finding love or friendship, given by 51 percent of women and 40 percent of men.

Impressing other people and covering up insecurities also rated highly as reasons, but nearly half (48 percent) believe posts that are 'just too good to be true' generally are, the survey by Intel found.

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Ninety-one percent agreed that there are some topics which have no place on social websites.

Eighty-five percent also felt that people share information that's better left unsaid, while over 70 percent have felt uncomfortable about friends' posts about them.

Swearing topped the annoying habit chart — 57 percent of respondents said they would unsubscribe from repeat offenders —closely followed by boring posts and explicit and inappropriate pictures.

PTI

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