In the age of the internet, it’s no surprise that people spend most of their time online. However, what may be a surprise is just how much information people are willing to share on the internet, especially when compared to how much they’ll share with people in real life.
According to a study of 2,000 people conducted by Echoworx, the average American takes just 28 seconds to determine whether an online form is safe before inputting their personal information, but waits an average of four dates before revealing their home address to a new partner. The average respondent won’t even tell a new partner their full name until after two and a half dates!
Despite their reluctance to share personal information with new partners, Americans are seemingly more willing than ever to divulge personal information online. In the survey, 75% of respondents admitted to giving up sensitive information while filling out a form online.
Unsurprisingly, 24% of respondents admitted to having had their information stolen online, with a further 22% saying that they suspect their information could have been stolen.
“When it comes to things like your social security number and banking details being shared over online channels, it’s necessary to take care,” noted a spokesperson for encryption company Echoworx.
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