Social media feeds awash with baby pictures? Yep, ours too.
But while many parents can’t resist the opportunity to flood their feeds with images of their gurgling babies, it’s a trend the majority of social media users find annoying.
A survey by YouGov posed the question as part of its daily series of questions answered online.
In response to the question: Generally speaking, how do you feel about being shown recent photos of a friend or family member’s baby? More than half of men and women admitted they couldn’t care less.
As reported by the Telegraph, some 10% said they disliked it and a similar number said they hated it.
Meanwhile almost 40% of respondents said they had no real desire to look at snaps of someone else’s little one, expressing no like or dislike of the practice.
But sharents shouldn’t completely lose heart as around a quarter of more than 4,200 respondents admitted they did like looking at baby photos, while ten per cent went as far as to say they loved it.
Unsurprisingly, women were more in favour of looking at baby pics, whereas men tended to express more negativity towards doing so.
Commenting on the findings Ben Glanville, Head of YouGov Omnibus UK, said: “Our survey reveals a difference in enthusiasm between genders when it comes to being shown baby photos.”
“Almost half of women either like or love it, compared to just 22 per cent of men. Similarly, 26 per cent of men either dislike or hate looking at baby photos, against 15 per cent of women.”
The survey results come as it is revealed that changes to Facebook could ensure our feeds remain jam-packed with family photos.
The social network has announced that it plans to downgrade posts from brands, businesses and media outlets, in favour of users seeing more posts from friends and family.
Cue even more baby spam.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the move in a public post via his profile.
“We started making changes in this direction last year, but it will take months for this new focus to make its way through all our products,” he said.
“The first changes you’ll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups. As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.”
“And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard – it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.”
Yeah either that or the constant baby babble could drive users to other forms of social media.
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