Facebook teens are handing out more private info than ever before

Compared to 2006, ten times more teens now make their phone number available online
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A new survey conducted by Pew Foundation reveals teenage kids are handing out more private information on Facebook than ever before.

The report shows that, compared to 2006, ten times more teens now make their phone number available online.

Of those surveyed, 40 per cent admitted that they have not set up the full privacy settings on Facebook to select certain details to hide from teachers, potential employees and strangers. 33 per cent revealed that they were Facebook friends with someone they had never met.

Although the report shows kids are spending more time on Facebook than in previous years, the number of teens visiting the site everyday has not changed since 2011.

"In focus groups, many teens expressed waning enthusiasm for Facebook. They dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the ‘drama’ that they described as happening frequently on the site,” said the report.

"The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socialising takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out."

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