59% of French people would prefer to live in a world where TikTok does not exist! This study carried out with more than 2000 people shows an acute awareness of the dangers of social networks

JVTech News 59% of French people would prefer to live in a world where TikTok does not exist! This study carried out with more than 2000 people shows an acute awareness of the dangers of social networks

Published on 05/07/2024 at 3:50 p.m.

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This survey of 2,049 people aged 18 and over also reveals that one in two French people would prefer “to live in a world where social networks do not exist”.

Social networks and the French

A new study conducted by the Common Destiny think tank and relayed by numerous media such as BFM Tech & Co reveals a deeply rooted desire among the French to reduce their dependence on social networks. The most striking result of this study, carried out among 2,049 people, indicates that 50% of French citizens would prefer to live in a world without online social platformsa figure that surpasses that of the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

Moreover, study highlights growing concern about the negative impact of social media on society, with 36% of respondents believing that platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok are harmful. This concern increases with age, highlighting an increasingly critical generational perception towards these digital media. Among social networks, TikTok stands out as the most criticized, with 59% of survey participants wishing for a world without this platform. This trend is particularly pronounced among young adults aged 18 to 24, suggesting growing awareness even among younger users.

A general awareness

The main concerns of the French regarding social networks focus on the dangers they represent for children and for democracy. Indeed, an overwhelming majority of 80% believe that these platforms are dangerous environments for young peopleciting security risks such as harassment and sexual predation, as well as concerns related to manipulation and radicalization.

Regarding the impact on democracy, 71% of French people believe that social networks give too much importance to extreme points of view, thus threatening the proper functioning of the democratic system. This perception underscores growing fears about the role of social media in polarizing public opinion and spreading misinformation.

Faced with these concerns, the French are calling for stricter regulation of social networks, with 57% believing that the government is not doing enough to regulate these digital platforms. In addition, respondents largely support the idea of ​​introducing an age limit of 15 years to access social networks, as well as age verification when opening an account, including through identification documents. Overall, the results of this survey reflects a significant change in attitude towards social networks in Francewith a growing call for stricter regulation to protect users, particularly children, and to preserve the integrity of democracy in the face of the challenges posed by the digital world.

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