Study: 71% of Facebook users engage in self-censorship


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A recent study showed included 3.9 million users of the site “Facebook“, that 71% of them are practicing self-censorship before sending new posts or comments.

The study you mean by the concept of self-censorship to prevent oneself from saying anything, and although it dispositions common and necessary in direct talks and natural transition to social networks, the latter allows the potential for additional review participate more than once after thinking about it, drafting and writing, which is not available in direct communication. The study calls on this type the name of “self-censorship at the last minute,” a meaning which was adopted.

During the experiment, which lasted for seventeen days, he said, 71% of respondents said they engage in self-censorship for once at least, while the remainder said it was not possible to do so in such a short period. It also appeared that users exercise self-censorship on the 33% of posts compared to 13% of the comments.

And increase control on the basis of two factors the audience and the band, which is being the communication; the more the public is specific and broad increase oversight, and thus the fact that over the posts open to all over posts within groups is limited to the attention of a certain, because it can determine whether the content is linked to the public from or not.

Among other things, the study revealed that males engage in more control than females, and increase control whenever more friends than males. The people who have a homogenous group of friends in the age, gender and political leanings were less standing self-censorship.

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And targeted study, conducted by Safik Das doctoral student at the University, “Carnegie Mellon”, Adam Karmur who works at Facebook, disclosure about the size of “self-censorship” and patterns in products “Facebook” different Kalthaddathat and comments, as discussed Alaqtaa characteristics of demographic and social users.

According to the study, the concept of “self-censorship” in social networks can be useful and harmful at the same time; since it can prevent users to post content racist or responsibilities, politically and socially, and on the other hand, it prevents the post useful content for fear of disturbing the public or damage in a person, and thus reduces social interaction, also affects the same social networks of the damage they may suffer from a lack of content while work on the interaction and posts.

The study did not address many of the reasons that drive users to exercise self-censorship, but revealed a previous study involving one of the researchers was conducted on a small group of users, some of the motives of self-censorship, including: lack of desire in the debate, and the fear that is abusive what they write to one person, and a sense that what they write boring or duplicate, and that contrary to the image that they would like to present themselves in various social channels, as well as the presence of technical obstacles beside other reasons.

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