MILLIONS of Britons would be embarrassed if others saw their internet search history for fear of looking silly, stupid or naughty.
A study of 2,000 adults found that 17 percent would be ashamed if friends and family knew what they looked up online, with 40 percent worried about sharing their silly thoughts.
Another four in 10 don’t want others to see their inappropriate story, while 37 percent say it reveals a side of them they don’t want to share.
Others would blush if people knew about their mental health issues (26 percent), their lack of knowledge (25 percent), or their physical issues (15 percent).
Exactly half of those who don’t want to share theirs internet habits would be most shy to show their parents.
A spokesman for ExpressVPN, which commissioned the investigation, said: “The internet has become our best friend, but it’s important that we treat it with care.
“Our research shows that for one reason or another, a large part of the country is more open about the internet than about their own family.
“People deserve privacy online, including from snooping companies, so they shouldn’t have to worry about their search history being exposed.”
While parents were ranked as the people most embarrassed by Brits to see their unfiltered search history, partners followed closely at 40 per cent.
Research conducted by OnePoll.com found that 38 percent would be most embarrassed if their friends saw what they searched for online.
Meanwhile, the colleagues followed with 20 percent behind.
The most common topics the nation would rather search for than ask their friends or family include figuring out the meaning of certain words or asking about weight or height conversions (30 percent each).
While a fifth prefer to research recipes on the Internet (22 percent).
But the nation still appreciates the advice of friends and family when it comes to relationships, as only one in 50 looks online to ask their nearest and dearest.
And only one in ten will look for sex advice, while just five percent will look for dating.
The top reasons given for choosing the digital sphere over loved ones include the speed of online searches (57 percent), confidence in the right answer (41 percent) and the internet knowing more than friends or family (39 percent). Cent).
A spokesperson for ExpressVPN added, “Every day, millions of internet users give big companies a chance to see what they’re doing online — and they don’t even know it.
“Using a VPN can be a useful tool to ensure companies cannot see, log, or sell records of your online activity, e.g. B. which websites you connect to or which apps you use.
“By taking control of what we show others about our online behavior, users quickly and effectively put power back into their own hands.”
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