'And All This Time I Thought Googling Yourself Meant the Other Thing!'
You’d think that in this age of social networking and Internet stardom, ego surfing would be a near-compulsion among Web surfers. But according to the latest study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, just 47% of Internet users have searched for themselves online (53% say they’ve searched for someone else).
Not as many as you’d expect, is it? Still, it is double the 22% that ego-surfed back in 2002. “Yes [the number’s] doubled, but it’s still the case that there’s a big chunk of Internet users who have never done this simple act of plugging their name with search engines,” said Pew researcher Mary Madden. “Certainly awareness has increased, but I don’t know it’s necessarily kept pace with the amount of content we post about ourselves or what others post about us.”
Apparently not. The same study found that 61% of adults say they’re not worried about the personal information available about them online.