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It has become increasingly common to hear about friends and colleagues receiving indecent proposals on Facebook – from unsolicited messages from strangers asking for a “good time” to exes wanting to hook-up with no strings attached. But has this social networking platform really allowed everyone to release his inhibitions?
Here are the figures from a survey of almost 3,000 people – of which nearly half are women – who revealed their online habits.
55% - The number of people who have sent a friend request to someone they found attractive but only knew peripherally (a friend of a friend, or an acquaintance). A quarter of those surveyed have sent a friend request to an attractive stranger.
70% - The number of people who say they’ve used Facebook to flirt. Nearly 25 per cent use the social network to dally with someone other than their current partner.
24% - The number of people who don’t list their true relationship status, so they can keep their “options” open or continue flirting with others. Another 27 per cent don’t list their relationship status at all. Of these, only half are single.
29% - The number of people who say that a wall post or Facebook photo has gotten them in trouble with their significant other.
32% - The number of women who have tried to reconnect with an ex on Facebook. Of these women, 16 per cent were in a relationship with someone else at the time. As for men, nearly 40 per cent have tried to reconnect with an ex on Facebook; 1 out of 5 were in a relationship.
59% - The number people who admit to “stalking” an ex or current partner on Facebook, looking for clues about their relationships with other people.