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We Deeply Regret Posting Those Naked Photos of You on Facebook

One out of three people regret something they’ve posted on social networks, says a new survey. It gets much, much worse than that. An eSarcasm exclusive report.

By (@tynanwrites)

July 4, 2010

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

Sure, Facebook may seem like all fun and games now, but sooner or later you’ll post something stupid and then you’re totally screwed.

Don’t believe us? Consumer search site Retrevo has conducted a survey of more than 1000 users of social media and found that one third of them have posted something online they wish they hadn’t.

The highlights of the latest Retrevo Gadgetology Report:

– 32% of people surveyed say they’ve posted something online they regretted

– 3% of them say it ruined their marriage or relationship with someone.

– 6% of them said it caused problems at work or home.

– 13% were able to remove the offending post

– 59% of iPhone users have posted something online they regretted

– 54% of people under 25 years old have posted something online they regretted

– Only 27% of people over age 25 have posted something online they regretted

Naturally, we felt compelled to conduct our own deeply scientific survey. The results were slightly different. Here are our highlights:

  • 42% of users over age 25 think they may have posted something they regretted, but they can’t remember what it was.

  • 98% of all users regret viewing naked pictures of Robert Scoble

  • 33% said viewing naked pictures of Robert Scoble put them off their food, resulting in an average weight loss of 7.5 pounds

  • 67% deleted these images and said they’d have them surgically removed from their brains if they could

  • 17% deeply regret posting photos from their wild weekend in Tijuana

  • 33% said they didn’t know donkeys could do that

  • 8% said the Tijuana donkey photos ruined relationships with significant others

  • 4% said they ruined relationships with the donkey

  • 24% said posting the status update “my boss is a flaming asshole” on their Facebook page caused them problems at work

  • 22% said the other 3,498 people hitting the “Like” button on that post caused their asshole bosses even bigger problems

  • 16% were sorry for posting those skinny dipping photos from the Boy Scout Jamboree

  • 9% wanted to see more Boy Scout pictures

  • 8.9% of them were Catholic priests

  • 44% of MySpace users regret not friending enough strippers before the new privacy controls kicked in

  • 92% of women under the age of 25 have posted slutty iPhone self pics wearing extremely revealing outfits

  • 0% of them have responded to our friend requests

As you can see, social media can kill – your reputation, if nothing else. Use it at your own peril.

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