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Facebook is 10 years old. And half of users are sick of the oversharing.

(Pew Internet & American Life Project) (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

Facebook is 10 years old today. And nearly everyone and their mom is on it -- or to be more exact 57 percent of all U.S. adults and 73 percent of those ages 12-17 according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

But that doesn't mean everyone likes it.

In fact, over half of users dislike people sharing too much information about themselves on the social network according to new survey data from Pew, with 36 percent "strongly" disliking oversharing. And the same proportion strongly dislikes when others post pictures or other things about them without asking for permission.

And just as importantly, nearly a quarter of users strongly dislike the "temptation of pressure to share too much info" about themselves. So not only are some Facebook users unhappy with the information overload -- a significant proportion don't like how the service makes them feel obligated to engage in the same sort of oversharing.

But their survey also suggests that a significant majority of users are pretty passive in their usage: Just 10 percent of users said they change or update their own status on Facebook on a daily basis, with only 4 percent updating their status multiple times per day. And around 25 percent of Facebook users say that they never change or update their own Facebook status.

That doesn't mean those users don't do anything on the service -- 44 percent "like" content posted by friends at least once a day and 31 percent comment on other people's photos on a daily basis. But it does suggest that a majority of users enjoy the social network as a voyeuristic way to keep tabs on others, while a minority of users spam it with incessant updates that a good third of users find to be too much information  -- even if they give it a "like" every now and then.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.



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