Friday, February 10, 2012

Adults know how to play nice online, according to a recent survey that asked U.S. adults who use social networking sites how many of their interactions were positive.

The survey showed 85% of U.S. adults say people are mostly kind online. Five percent of adults said people are mostly unkind and another 5% say it depends on the situation.

These results differs from a Pew Research Center survey from last November that asked teenagers the same question. Like the adults, the majority of teens (69%) said people are mostly kind online. However, the percentage of teens that said people were mostly unkind online was 20%, compared to 5% of adults. But not all adults are kind on social media.

In the same Pew study about teens and online behavior, 12% reported being bullied online and nearly 9 in 10 teenagers said they’d witnessed online bullying.

The recent study of adults’ social media perceptions was compiled July 25 to August 26, 2011 by the
Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The survey sampled 2,260 adults, age 18 and older.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish and via landline (1,344) and cellphone (916, including 425 without a landline phone).

After a rash of teen suicides in the past couple of years, outreach programs, the media and even President Obama shined a light on the issue of cyberbullying. Late last year launched a “Find Help” application for Facebook. The application allows anyone to report cyberbullying to Facebook.