According to a recent survey sponsored by Intel on the subjects of "Mobile Etiquette" and "Digital Sharing," 9 out of 10 American adults believe that people are sharing too much information about themselves online, with nearly half of U.S. adults reporting that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of information shared. There's a lot of ground covered in this survey and some of the findings may even surprise you. If anything, the results of this survey will provide you with a unique fingerprint in time revealing the status of mobile etiquette in 2012.
Mobile Etiquette Survey
A recent survey titled "Mobile Etiquette" that was published by Intel evaluates the current state of mobile manners. The survey also examined how U.S. adults share and consume information online and how certain digital sharing behaviors impact culture and relationships.
A 2012 report from the Pew Research Center reports that 77 percent of U.S. adults own a laptop or desktop computer, 44 percent own a smartphone and 18 percent own a tablet, with 1 in 10 U.S. adults owning all 3 mobile devices.
In addition to owning mobile devices, U.S. adults are spending an increasingly significant amount of time online. Nielsen recently reported that 117.6 million people visited the Internet via a mobile device last year. As the availability of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, netbooks, laptops, Ultrabook systems) increases, a continued awareness of how people use their devices is also on the rise.
One-third of U.S. adults (33 percent) responding to the survey said that they're more comfortable sharing information online than in person. If it wasn't for the ability to share and consume information online via mobile devices, nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) feel they wouldn't know what's happening with their family and friends.
Intel's survey findings on what adults are sharing and talking about online was somewhat surprising to me in that the category of "technology" news never even made it to the list as a standalone stat. It would appear that somewhere in that 34% stat on current events is where tech would likely fit. Then again, if the question wasn't specifically asked, then the survey is incomplete on that point. On the other hand, perhaps those of us reporting in the tech-blogosphere are living in our own little bubble.
Key Survey Findings
According to the survey, 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. 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.
People Share Way Too Much Information
The survey revealed that while digital sharing on mobile devices helps us stay connected to others, the tendency to perhaps share too much information can annoy some people. U.S. adults reported the following digital sharing behaviors as top pet peeves: 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).
Survey respondents stated that they wish people thought more about how others perceive them when reading shared information online, and how this can cause people to form opinions based on a person's online personality and sharing behavior. Four out of 10 U.S. adults reported that they typically choose not to associate with people whose opinions they disagree with online.
More than one-quarter of respondents (27 percent) stated that they are an open book —both in person and online — and that there is very little they would not share online. However, only about half of U.S. adults (51 percent) said that they would feel comfortable if all of their online activity was made public. Perhaps this is because 27 percent of U.S. adults admit to having a different personality online than in person, and 1 in 5 U.S. adults (19 percent) reported that they have shared false information online.
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 Top 3 Pet Peeves of Internet Etiquette
And lastly, U.S. adults continue to report that the top 3 pet peeves are texting or typing while driving a car (77 percent), talking on a device loudly in a public place (64 percent), and having the volume too loud in a public place (55 percent).
At the End of the Day
As one example in my own life, I recently removed 4 out of 5 email accounts from my iPad so that I could have some peace and quiet in the evening while reading. Yet at the end of the day, while there's a lot in this survey that's interesting, it's really about what your thoughts are on this. As a Macite or Apple fan, do you agree with Intel's survey findings or not? Do you have a pet peeve not covered in this survey? If you have the time, take a moment to share your thoughts with us on this subject.