February 7, 2014
Social media platform Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. Pew Research Center reports that 57 percent of American adults and 73 percent of teens 12-17 currently use Facebook, with adult use on the rise. According to Pew, 64 percent of adult users visit the site daily, up from 51 percent in 2010. And while teens’ relationship with Facebook may be complicated and evolving, Pew notes that younger users are not abandoning the site, as some reports have recently suggested.
Pew Research Center released new survey findings this week and published 6 New Facts About Facebook:
- Some users dislike certain aspects of Facebook, but fear of missing out on social activities (or “FOMO”) isn’t one of them.
- Women and men often have varying reasons for why they use Facebook – but everything starts with sharing and laughs.
- Half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 friends in their network.
- 12 percent of Facebook users say that someone has asked them to “unfriend” a person in their network.
- Facebook users “like” their friends’ content and comment on photos relatively frequently, but most don’t change their own status that often.
- Half of Internet users who do not use Facebook themselves live with someone who does.
The article lists interesting findings under each of the six areas. The full report is also available as a PDF.
Facebook’s Clever Birthday Present for its Users, MIT Technology Review, 2/4/14
Facebook is Becoming Twitter, CNBC, 2/3/14
The Difference Between Facebook and Twitter, The New Yorker, 2/6/14
And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism, The Atlantic, 2/5/14