Some Americans Prefer Broken Bones and Hangovers to Stolen Identities

Some Americans Prefer Broken Bones and Hangovers to Stolen Identities

May 17, 2016         Written By John H. Oldshue

Nearly one in five Americans (18%) would rather have a broken bone than have their identity and payment information stolen, according to a recent survey by Harris Poll.

In fact, 44% of the survey’s respondents would prefer a hangover rather than having their identity stolen; 35% would opt for a long daily commute; 12% being cheated on by their significant other; and 9% getting evicted.

The survey also looked at American attitudes towards privacy. 59% said it was never acceptable for a company to access their personal data without permission, while only 29% said it would be okay if national security were at stake.

Only 17% said they would give companies more access to their personal information on their mobile devices or computers if they were promised better marketing offers and personalization.

When it comes to protecting their personal data, 25% of Americans trust banking sites and 13% trust governmental entities. An incredibly small percentage of people trust mobile phone manufacturers (2%), search engines (2%), wireless providers (2%), big corporations (1%) and social media sites (1%). More than half (51%) do not trust any company or organization.

As for devices, Americans seem most suspicious of devices they own. Only 23% of the survey respondents said they are most at-risk for fraud when using a point-of-service device at a retail location, but 44% believe using their own mobile device or desktop/laptop puts them at a higher risk.

When asked what they were worried about having stolen, 42% said they were most worried about losing their social security number, following by banking credentials (28%) and payment card information (15%).

The information contained within this article was accurate as of May 17, 2016. For up-to-date
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About John H. Oldshue

John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers credit card rate issues for
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