Social Networking in the USA
Would it surprise you to hear that a recent survey concluded that the demographics of social media users in the United States was on the rise across all age groups?
According to the report, social networking in the United States started to take off around 2005. Most of them avid users were under 30. In less than six years, just under fifty percent of American internet users on social network sites were aged 18-29, and 8 percent were aged 30-49. Only 4 percent of those aged 50-64 were on social sites.
In the last six years, social networking has become wildly popular for all the age groups. By the end of 2012, middle ager 30-49 had almost caught up with the under 30. Surprisingly, almost a third of Americans aged 65 and older were social network users!
Once the shock of finding their parents on Facebook wore off; most families now report that this is the way they stay in touch. I thought it was funny that everyone except the 30-49 group took a break from Social platforms during the Christmas holidays.
Today’s chart from Statista displays increase of U.S. internet users on social networking sites from February 2005 to December 2012.
Pamela R says
I think social networks can be great for every age.
SHELLEY R ZUREK says
I find it crazy that the over 30s only represent 12% in total. I find that low don’t you?
Yes I thought that was too low… or are we just so outnumbered by the younger group! Makes me feel even older LOL
Danielle Meek says
Who doesn’t love social networking?! Thanks for the info 🙂
Nicole w/ Mama to 4 Blessings says
I have never used Statista before, thank you for sharing. I usually use Statcounter or Google Anayltics.
maria @ close to home says
thanks for the tips. I spend more time of Fb for my blog than personally. something is wrong with that
I do too! Happened to notice that I had not posted on my personal page in days but posted on the fan and blog several times.
I just wrote a 16 page paper on social media networking for school so I was aware of how big it is and how fast it is growing 🙂
You should publish your paper as an ebook! I would be interested in reading it.
Sheila Bell says
I do enjoy my social networking and I do use it to promote my blog. With the recent hoopla with Facebook, I so wish the other social networks were as big. It’s very frustrating to try to do what they want and then they change what they want.
I agree completely.. FB has started driving people away. My belief is that they are trying to force personal blogs to purchase business pages in order to promote their sites. Other platforms are coming along…I think we will be able to have the same footprint as before…just have to post in more places.
Christy Maurer says
It is a great way to “stalk” your friends and family lol.
Jenn @comebackmomma says
Very true that my family uses Facebook more and more to keep in touch. I love that it is a great way to share our family photos too.
Ruth Hill says
I am constantly amazed at the power of social media! So this information does not surprise me. What did we do before facebook and twitter?
Peggy Greco says
Thanks for your input, I enjoy social networks! God bless you and have a good week.