Afraid that buddy from middle-school who just friended you might post an embarrassing photo from your days of acne and bad hair? Apparently you're not alone. Almost half the respondents of a survey sponsored by online photo-sharing site Shutterfly report being concerned about the rise in photos from pre-digital-camera days being scanned in and shared over the Internet.
In fact, a whopping 87 percent of those surveyed think they should have control over which photos are shared online of themselves and their families. The top concern cited by the surveyed folks? You guessed it: potential embarrassment (duh). And apparently we womenfolk are more bothered by unflattering or embarrassing photos (70 percent of female respondents vs. 58 percent of the men).
Interestingly, on the same day Shutterfly released its survey results, the PMA Foresight blog cited its own 2008 PMA Youth Digital Camera Usage Study, reporting that online photo sharing is most popular among teens from 14 to 18 years old (could it be because they're too young to have bad photos from bygone eras?). According to the PMA's study, fully 90 percent of respondents between 14 and 18 years old post photos to online sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and other photo-sharing sites, vs. 82 percent of 19- to 29-year-olds.
So what do you think?