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Facebook Quiz: Are You Guilty of the Top 5 Faux Pas?

From Facebook stalking to fueling political arguments, you probably have friends who have committed one of these social media crimes. Take the quiz to find out which category your Facebook habits fall into.

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More Facebook users are experiencing fatigue for a number of reasons, according to a new report released this week. Among the causes: oversharing, political arguments and pressure to be interesting.

MyLife, a dashboard that helps manage your social networking profiles, polled 890 adults to generate a Top 5 list of bad social media habits. Among them are these social networking sins:

  • Facebook stalking: Nearly 25 percent of men under the age of 35 admit to viewing an ex's social media profile once a month. Young women do this a little less: about 20 percent.
  • Attention seeking: Twenty-five percent of adults between 18 and 35 are guilty of "vaguebooking"—or intentionally posting vague updates to elicit a response from friends—on a monthly basis.
  • Spoiling TV or movies: Thirty-six percent of social media users over 35 admit to posting TV or movie spoilers on social networks, compared to 14 percent of younger users.
  • Arguing over politics: Thirty-five percent of social media users report posting political opinions at least once a month; 10 percent admit to being unfriended because of it.
  • Snarky or insensitive posts: One in 10 use social media to mock someone or something—sports, for example—with men ages 18-35 as the most frequent violators.

Are your social networking actions putting your friends off? Click below for the infographic and to take the quiz to see whether you're a frequent Facebook offender.

[Click to take the quiz.]

 


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