Because more than two-thirds (67%) of the US's adult Net users now use Facebook,* you'd think that it's common knowledge that Facebook really can't be described as a single activity for one person, much less a single activity for everybody who uses it. You'd think that we'd take headlines that make generalizations about people's Facebook use with a grain of salt (especially those written back when … [Read more...] about To grasp social media’s effects, we need a grasp on social media!
Posting videos in apps and Web services has become a mainstream online activity, and not just for our kids. More than three-quarters (78%) of US adults watch online videos and the percentage of them who post them has more than doubled since 2009, from 14% to 31%, according to the Pew Internet Project. "That includes 18% of adult internet users who post videos they have created or recorded … [Read more...] about Posting, sharing, shooting video: Study
Contrary to how they're typically represented in the news media, "few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media," Pew Internet reports in a major new study, "Teens, Social Media and Privacy." Yes, they share more about themselves than we did as teens (publicly, anyway), but "they take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles." Pew turned up a lot of intelligence on … [Read more...] about Major update from Pew on teens’ privacy practices in social media
It looks like social networking on desktops and laptops peaked in 2011 at 30% of Americans' time online – another sign of how mobile socializing's getting. Computer-based socializing decreased 3% last year for the first time, CNET reports, citing Experian market research. Social networking went down in the UK and Australia during the same period too – declining 3% in both countries. "If the time … [Read more...] about Computer-based socializing likely to have peaked
Ninety-five percent of US 12-to-17-year-olds use the Internet, 93% have access to a computer at home and 71% of teens with that computer at home share it with other family members, according to a study released today – the biggest explanation, most probably, for why teens' Net use has gotten so mobile. It allows them to keep their connectivity personal. "The nature of teens' Internet use has … [Read more...] about Teens’ tech getting very mobile: New study