28 Aug 2011

Only Half of Adult Americans Are Using Social Networking Sites

You are on Facebook, you colleague is on Facebook; Everybody is on Facebook. Wrong. Only half of the adult Americans use social network sites, according to a survey by Pew Internet. This might seem like a catastrophic low number. There is, however, a silver ligning. Because 2 in 3 (65%) adult internet users are using a social networking site like Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace or equal. That’s a huge increase from 2008 where 29 per cent were using a social networking site. Back in 2005 only 8 per cent of internet user were surfing a social networking site.

Only e-mailing and searching are more popular
On a ordinary day 43 per cent of adult surfers use social networking. The only two activities which are more popular is e-mail used by 61 per cent and search engines used by 59 per cent.

It's woman's world
Women in the age of 18-29 are the most frequent users of social networking sites. 9 in 10 (89%) who are online have used a social media network site and 69 per cent use a social media site on an average day.

The percentage of adult internet users of each gender who use social networking sites
Year Females Males
2011            69%              60%
2010   67%   56%
2009   50%   42%
2008   30%   28%
2006   14%   18%
2005     6%     9%
Source: Pew Internet (August 2011)

And the young
If we are looking on age groups it's primarily young adults who are networking on the Internet. Social media network became popular five years ago. In 18 month, between February 2005 and August 2006, the use of social networking sites among young adult internet users increased from 9 per cent to 49 per cent. In the same period the use of social networking sites among the 30-49 year olds stod still. That has changed since then but the young adults are still dominating social networking sites.

The percentage of adult internet users in each age group who use social networking sites
Year     18-29   30-49   50-54    65+
2011      83%     70%     51%    33%
2010      86%     61%     47%    26%
2009      76%     48%    25%    13%
2008      67%     25%    11%      7%
2006      49%       8%      4%      1%
2005       9%       7%       6%      6%
Source: Pew Internet (August 2011)

However, grandmothers and grandfathers of all ages have adopted social networking online. In the last two years the use of social networking sites among internet users age 65 and older has grown 150 per cent. In the period the use of social networking sites by 50-64 year-old internet users has doubled.


Find more information in the survey 65% of online adults use social networking sites from Pew Internet.

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