Facebook "Likes" may reveal more than desiredFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Clicking the blue thumbs-up on Facebook might be sharing more about you than you'd "Like." Those fan pages, and funny pictures could pin-point your political views or even locate where you live.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Clicking the blue thumbs-up on Facebook might be sharing more about you than you'd "Like." Those fan pages, and funny pictures could pin-point your political views or even locate where you live.
Most of us spend a little – okay a lot - of time on Facebook.
Kathy Berglin - Facebook User: "A ton of time."
But, there's bigger problem.
Kathy Berglin: "It's easier to like something than to comment about it."
Admitting you like like Snoop Dog or Lady Gaga can give away your sexual orientation, gender, age, even how much you drink. If you're not careful, it's shared with everyone.
Kathy Berglin: "I get worried when I like something because, like you said, it's hard because you don't know what people are going to see."
Facebook's "Like" button popped up around 2009. Digital Strategist Libby Hall says since then, people might have changed.
Libby Hall - Digital Strategist: "I know when I was in college I probably liked a lot of pages and a lot of things that maybe didn't look quite as professional as I like to project myself now."
Facebook says 2.7 billion new likes flood the internet every single day. But, don't worry, if you're not "Liking" what you're hearing, it is possible to "Unlike" posts from the past by checking out your Activity Log.
Libby Hall: "That's actually a stream of information that shows you exactly what you have liked, every photo you've uploaded, every photo you've been tagged in. And lets you choose one by one if you want that to be public or if you want that to be visible to just your friends."
Kathy Berglin: "I have eight here."
Even supporting a friend's statement can give insight on what you might be going through. Kathy admits she's more hesitant on how she handles Facebook.
Kathy Berglin: "I'm starting out, trying to look for a new job. So it's like, I have to keep focused on what I can like , what I can put on Facebook, how to put it on Facebook."
Although this study may not be very surprising, researchers suggest you look before you like.
Kathy Berglin: "It makes life more difficult but it will help in the long run."
Flint Communications suggests taking a few minutes to look over your social media choices, to prevent private information from being broadcast.