Study: Half of Facebook's walls enjoy profanity
A survey suggests that words you mightn't use at a royal dinner party are extremely prevalent all over the enthusiastic walls of Facebook.
I am not sure I see the point of Facebook walls. Save for those Facebook uses so that Google can't peer over.
However, I've never really thought about the vernacular that prevails on these relatively public repositories of graffiti.
So I am grateful to a company called Reppler, which decided to take a peek at the musings on 30,000 Facebook murals.
It was not a pretty sight. For Reppler deduced that 47 percent of Facebook users have naughty words on their wall. Naturally, for those of a permissive bent as myself, this seems to suggest that Facebook is a place where free expression abounds.
However, Reppler happens to be a company that dedicates itself to keeping your Facebook image "clean and safe" (whatever that might mean), so it is throwing caution into our winds of abandon.
Indeed, according to All Facebook, Reppler is desperate for everyone to consider just how much corporate human resources idlers are snooping around Facebook to find out what people are really like.
Of course, what they often find is that people are really different from their work personas. This is, in truth, a given in a society that requires you to pretend you like everyone at work, while going home and placing large needles into their effigies.
This little Reppler study offers some more little ripples of concern (for some).
It suggests that 56 percent of the less than salubrious vocabulary on Facebook walls comes from friends. It also suggests that the most common naughty word to be seen on Facebook is, quite stunningly, the f-word. The s-word ranks a pitiful, lowly second. Again, some might say that this shows that these walls are repositories of honest and heartfelt self-expression.
Doesn't it also suggest a certain self-confidence on the part of Facebookers that they are happy for their friends to say anything they like in any manner they like?
Of course, prospective employers might not see it that way.
They would prefer to know that every future employee should never utter dirty words in public, should be married with two children, and should be prepared to work to support those children for the next 30 years or until the employer has absolutely no use for the employee, given the employer's greater need to report some excellent numbers to Wall Street.
What a sad employer it must be that crawls around someone's Facebook walls to see whether that person has used a naughty word like "boobie." Don't these employers have any better things to do?
The truth is that, when it comes to most human resources departments, they haven't.