Showing posts with label Pew Internet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pew Internet. Show all posts

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.

25 Oct 2010

Social Commerce and Product Research Are Gaining Ground

If you’re surfing the Internet for information about a product or service you’re about to buy you're not the only one. Three in five (58%) Americans say they do online research before buying a product or service. This is an increase since 2004 where half (49%) said they researched online before buying a product or a service.

Every day 21 per cent of American adults are researching products and services online, in 2004 only one in ten (9%) did this, The Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals in a study on American’s e-commerce behavior.

Researched a product or service yesterday:

Feb 04          Feb 05           Feb 07         Feb 10

9%             13%           15%         21%
Source: The Pew Internet and American Life System (September 2010)

It is not only information researching which has increased. Also Social Commerce is gaining ground. The online shoppers are also contributing with ratings and reviews and in this way sharing their opinion. This is mostly done on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. One in four (24%) American adults have posted comments about a product or service they've bought.

Not surprisingly the percentage of Americans shopping online have increased from 36 per cent in May 2000 to 52 per cent in 2010. The study shows that the more affluent Americans do more online research than those less affluent. The more affluent with more education are also more active in relation to Social Commerce and post reviews and comments more frequently.

The product and service information research and sharing coincides with increasing use of social networking sites. 46% of Americans reporting the use of Internet sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn which has increased from 5% in February 2005.

See the whole The Pew Internet and American Life Project on Online Product Research.