Facebook Users Are More Trusting Than Other People

2714464806_ed61abf335Has the internet in general and Facebook in particular ushered in a golden age in which we better understand, trust, and connect with our neighbors? The Pew Internet & American Life Project writes:

When we control for demographic factors, we find that there is a significant relationship between trust and the use of Facebook – not other social networking sites. A Facebook user who uses the service multiple times per day is 43% more likely than other internet users, or three times (3.07x) more likely than a non-internet user, to feel that “most people can be trusted.”

When we control for demographic factors, we find that internet users are significantly more likely to trust most people. Controlling for demographic factors, internet users are more than twice as likely (2.14x) to think that most people can be trusted.

To get a measure of how much trust people have in their fellow citizens, we asked people: “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?” 41% of Americans said that most people can be trusted. This is much higher than the 32% of Americans who said that most people can be trusted, the last time Pew Internet asked this question in 2009.

14 Comments on "Facebook Users Are More Trusting Than Other People"

  1. |Has the internet in general and Facebook in particular ushered in  a
    golden age in which we trust, understand, and connect with our neighbors
    like never before? Or are we just morphing into sheeple?|

    The latter.

  2. |Has the internet in general and Facebook in particular ushered in  a
    golden age in which we trust, understand, and connect with our neighbors
    like never before? Or are we just morphing into sheeple?|

    The latter.

  3. Anonymous | Jun 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |

    People are fine, I just don’t trust Facebook.

  4. People are fine, I just don’t trust Facebook.

  5. Hadrian999 | Jun 28, 2011 at 1:17 am |

    I sooooooo don’t fall in with this group, honestly I don’t see how internet users can be trusting, with all the fishing scams, nigeria rip offs, viruses , account hacks, spyware, tracking cookies, propaganda, false advertising,  chatrooms full of nazis and perverts……internet users should be the most hard hearted bastard cynics of the whole human race

  6. Hadrian999 | Jun 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm |

    I sooooooo don’t fall in with this group, honestly I don’t see how internet users can be trusting, with all the fishing scams, nigeria rip offs, viruses , account hacks, spyware, tracking cookies, propaganda, false advertising,  chatrooms full of nazis and perverts……internet users should be the most hard hearted bastard cynics of the whole human race

  7. Trust is an Illusion and that just the way it is … use at your own risk.

  8. Trust is an Illusion and that just the way it is … use at your own risk.

  9. So basically what we’re saying is that Facebook users are frickin’ idiots.

  10. So basically what we’re saying is that Facebook users are frickin’ idiots.

  11. Jonty Kershaw | Jun 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm |

    They would have to be more trusting. Facebook owns their private information.

  12. Jonty Kershaw | Jun 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

    They would have to be more trusting. Facebook owns their private information.

  13. Um… so?    have they done a survey about how many people trust a survey’s results? 

  14. Um… so?    have they done a survey about how many people trust a survey’s results? 

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