The do's and do not's of Facebook

A new survey has revealed some interesting insights about young Australians who use Facebook.
A new survey has revealed some interesting insights about young Australians who use Facebook. Darryn Smith

A NEW survey has some good and bad news for Facebook users struggling with the do's and do not's of social media etiquette.

The Optus survey, which polled some 1,016 people aged 18-34, reveals just how young Australians feel about awkward social media moments.

For the lovelorn, with Valentine's Day looming, the majority of respondents were in agreement that you should wait 2.4 weeks before changing your status to 'single' after a break-up.

If that's too long for you, then you could consider a move to Queensland. Those north of the border believe it's okay to change their Facebook relationship status 1.7 weeks after a break up - the soonest of all states.

Reflecting on these findings, Samantha Brett, the author of The Catch: How To Be Caught by The Man of Your Dreams, says it's a good idea to wait until your partner changes their status before you change yours.

"A good time is to wait until the pain of the break-up has subsided. Changing your status when you're angry or upset at your ex may put their back up and make them think you're bitter and angry about the break-up prematurely," she said.

"Waiting until your ex changes their status is a good indication of when you can change yours. But ideally, two and a half weeks to a month is a good amount of time to wait."

Those polled also thought it to be in bad taste to post pictures of you with your new partner when you are still 'connected' to your ex.

And 41 per cent believe it is bad manners to change their relationship status on social media to 'single' shortly after a break-up.

The survey also shone a spotlight on another other awkward Facebook relationship, namely parents.

Almost half of those polled (43 per cent) admit to being friends with their parents on Facebook. Not so if you are a mum or dad in Queensland with 52 per cent of those polled likely to be connected to their parents.

Over half (57 per cent) of the survey sample claim they feel pressure to accept their parents' 'friend request', while over a quarter feel that their social media page would be very different if no one's parents were on it.

Only a mere 8 per cent surveyed claim to want to ban all parents from using social media sites outright, while an innovative group (19 per cent) would like to see their parents' generation register as 'parents', thus giving them limited access to their profile.

The most worrying statistic to emerge is that Australia appears to be a nation of Facebook 'stalkers' and over half (53 per cent) consider themselves full-time 'Face-stalkers'.

Around a third of those polled claim to have undertaken some level of social media 'stalking', ranging from examining their current partner's profile (67 per cent); checking an ex's profile (64 per cent); and checking  the profile of someone they'd like to date (61 per cent).  

Those in NSW didn't poll to well when it came to stalking. New South Welshmen are most likely to have checked their current partner's profile to see what they're up to (74 per cent; national avg - 67 per cent), and New South Welshmen are most likely to have checked profile of someone they want to date (67 per cent; national avg - 61 per cent).

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