Women More Wary Than Men on Facebook
Most women using social media are just as willing to reveal personal information about their relationships, jobs, brand preferences and political and religious affiliations as men — but when it came to details like phone numbers, location and street address that might put their personal security at risk, women were more wary than men.
A new study of 600 U.S. social media users from Usamp, a research firm headquartered in Los Angeles, revealed stark differences between male and female Facebook users.
If you're looking for a woman's phone number on Facebook , forget it — 77 percent said they would "definitely not" share it compared to 56.7 percent of men who felt the same way. Home address? No way, said nearly 80 percent of women and only 60 percent of men.
Women were a bit more coy than men about revealing their age: More than half (54 percent) the female respondents said they were unwilling to share their birthdate, but only 47 percent of men said they declined.
While birthdates are not associated with physical threats, they can lead to cybercrimes such as identity theft . Leaving your address open to the public and posting you're away on vacation is an invitation to robbers. Include your birthdate and other identifying information on your profile and you're leaving yourself vulnerable to a cyberattack. According to this study, women are leading men when it comes to online security.