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Why Facebook is a favourite for pranksters

CHANGING someone's status on Facebook and sending a fake text from a friend's mobile have taken over from the humble whoopee cushion as favourite practical jokes, a new survey has found.

Half of the practical jokes carried out by 18 to 24-year-olds end up being shared online, and about 40pc of those polled said they were likely to "prank" a friend with the aid of technology rather than with traditional pranking methods, the survey by OnePoll revealed.

Although jumping out at someone made number one on the top 10 list, followed by making prank phone calls, the survey shows that Facebook is now used in one of the prominent tricks of today.

About 13pc have had their Facebook status changed after leaving their page unattended, with 67pc of 18 to 24-year-olds admitting it had happened to them.

This was followed by sending fake texts from someone's phone, and engineering a "photobomb" -- jumping into the background of someone's photograph, as it is being snapped, without their knowledge.

Nearly a third of those surveyed also owned up to using smartphone functions or apps to play pranks on others.

Men are the main culprits, with 74pc admitting to carrying out pranks compared with 61pc of women.

Around 2,000 people were questioned for the research commissioned by the sweets-maker Maynards.