University Surveys Fetlife Users about Disclaimers



Officials at Scarsboro University professor Alan Bins announced today the publication of a report entitled “Kink Users and Disclaimers Online”. “Our findings show that 82% of users of FetLife, a popular online social network for people who broadly identify as ‘kinky,’ don’t know why they are putting disclaimers on their FetLife profiles,” said Bins.

WARNING: To institutions, study groups and/or individuals, you DO NOT have permission to use any of my personal information, correspondences, writings or pictures contained on my profile in any manner, present or future. If you do, it will be considered a violation of my privacy and copyright laws and will be subject to legal ramifications.

The above disclaimer is often found on profiles, though most users don’t know why they’ve put it there. “Our study shows that 67% of users cut and paste disclaimers within 3.8 seconds of seeing the text, while another 17% never read a single word and paste anyway.” The survey results indicate that most people on the popular kink site never had a clue as to what the alleged dangers were associated with what they where adding disclaimers to their profiles and a majority never bothered to validate the alert, spread virally from kinkster to kinkster.

Said KINGDOMDONG (a “handle” for a male frequenter of the site), “I know whatever this is about it’s wrong and I don’t want to be sucked into their statistics, regardless of what it is they’re doing.” When asked who “they” were, KINGDOMDONG said, “I don’t even know what you’re talking about.”

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