A new survey has found that people sharing too much information online, is the biggest complaint people have about new technology. And it seems to be an issue all over the world.
The Intel study questioned more than 7000 adults and nearly 1800 teenagers in 8 different countries and found the online experience is pretty much the same wherever you are. 60 percent say other people share far too much information about themselves, everything from the mind-numbing details about their daily life, to inappropriate photos, unsolicited opinions and profanity.
Intel's Jessica Hansen says, "We love our technology because it connects us and gives us an outlet for expression, but then at the same time, we are also feeling there is a bit of information overload."
But the survey found few people admit to "over-sharing" themselves. Only Chinese adults (77%) consider their lives to be an open book thanks to online sharing, with about half saying they do share too much information.
Over 85 percent of those asked say they wish people would think about how they will be perceived when they post information online. At least a quarter of adults and one-third of teens around the world, with the exception of Japan and Indonesia, admit that they have been embarrassed by something they have said or done online. Many admit to behaving differently online and to sharing false information.
Despite those findings though, most teenagers with the exception of Japan, admit to constantly checking to see what their friends are up to and say they are worried they'll miss something when they can't share or consume information online.
There are a few regional differences when it comes to specific complaints about online use. Americans don't like the constant complaining of their friends or family or the explicit photos that are being shared, Brazilians and the Chinese are most frustrated by explicit photos and profanity, the French get frustrated by poor spelling and grammar, and Australians are bored by the mundane details people are sharing. But the one thing they all share is a distaste for all the private information that people don't seem to mind telling everyone about.
The survey also looked at mobile etiquette with just about everyone asked, saying they wished people would improve how they act with their mobile devices. The top 3 pet peeves; texting or talking while driving, talking too loudly in public places and texting while in the company of others.