Nearly one in five US Internet users (18%) say they have purchased a product because of something they have seen on a social networking website—such as Facebook or Twitter—yet social sites continue to receive low trust and privacy ratings from consumers of all ages, according to a survey from Vision Critical.

Even so, 28% of Internet users age 18-34 say they have purchased a product because of something they have seen on a social networking site.

Below, other findings from Vision Critical's three-country survey on social media.

Trustworthiness of People, Media

Though online social networking sites bring consumers closer to the most-trusted parts of their lives—their family and friends—consumers place little trust in the sites themselves: just 12% say they fully trust social networking sites, while only 8% trust online forums, blogs, and reviews.

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