Studies reflect a trend for improved privacy settings among Facebook users

Facebook – Users make improvements in Privacy protection

QUOTE: A study of 1.4 million Facebook users shows a sharp rise in protecting personal information. The most notable statistic was the number of users choosing to hide their friend list. This figure rose over 200% during the 15-month period of the study. Further analysis revealed that women and higher income users were more apt to have stricter privacy settings. Here are a couple of fun Facebook facts from their research:

* In March 2010, 17 percent of users had their friends list hidden from public view. 15 months later this figure rose to 53%.

* Other profile information, such as, age, high school, graduation year, network, relationship, gender, interests, hometown and current city also were hidden more frequently. (12% in 2010 and rose to 33% in 2011)