Survey Shows People Upset Over Facebook Changes

 @ibtimes on September 24 2011 3:52 PM

People aren't too happy with the new Facebook.

In a survey of over 1,000 people conducted by Sodahead, a social-voting-based site, about 86 percent of the Facebook audience said they strongly disliked the changes that the site recently underwent.

The most disapproval for the new features came from teens, with a whopping 91 percent of that group saying that Facebook should nix the changes. Seventy-nine percent of young adults said they disapproved of the new changes, although the site does not explicitly lay out who constitutes a young adult.

Sodahead points out that although teens do not yet have a commanding presence on Facebook, they will move to the young adult category, which is the company's target audience.

Women were more disappointed about the changes than men. Eighty-nine percent of women called for scrapping the new Facebook, while only 78 percent of men have said they disapprove of the new features.

The only group who liked the changes was information technology employees, who favored the changes 55 percent-45 percent. Other groups that were more supportive (with the term used generously) included people with incomes exceeding $100,000 a year (36 percent-64 percent) and college students (30 percent-70 percent).

Facebook recently launched both the Ticker and the Timeline applications, which essentially replace the News Feed and Profile, respectively. Although people can opt out of the new profile page initially, people will eventually have to switch to the Timeline format.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the F8 technology conference Thursday that the changes will help build a completely new class of social apps, allowing users to share every facet of their lives on the site, according to CNET.

All those activities people perform with these apps -- listening to a Bjork tune, reading about same-sex marriage laws, cooking Arroz con Pollo, running four miles, donating to Amnesty Internationa l-- will be stored permanently and made accessible (if the user allows it) on a greatly enhanced profile page that will essentially become a remote-control autobiography, wrote Wired's Steven Levy on the new updates.

Digital Trends reports that at a recent press conference concerning the changes, Zuckerberg emphasized that the new design had been tested by both Facebook employees and outsiders to the company. Nevertheless, he said that responses from the community would always be welcome.

CORRECTION: 91 percent of teens disapprove of the changes to Facebook. A previous version said 91 percent of teens want to keep the changes.

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