Adult Internet Users Say Social Networking is Good

adult internet usersTwo-thirds of adult internet users now say they use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and when asked for a single word to illustrate how they feel concerning their experience of social networking “Good” is the most common option.

The latest answer to emerge from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that there has been a continued increase in the use of social networking sites over the six years from 2005.  In 2005, 8 percent of internet-utilizing adults in the US – 5 percent of the entire adults in the United States- utilized social networking sites (SNS) whereas this year 65 percent of those who utilize the internet also utilize SNS, and this equates to 50% of the entire adults in the U.S.

A graph that illustrates that SNS practice on some given day has increase from 2 percent to 43 percent of online adults.  As the table below illustrates social networking is better known with women than with men.

According to the report, young adult women with the age of 18-29 are the power users of social networking; completely 89 percent of those who are online use the sites in general and 69 percent do so on an average day.

It as well indicates:  “As of May 2011, there are no significant differences in use of social networking sites based on race and ethnicity, household income, education level, or whether the internet user lives in an urban, suburban, or rural environment.”

Even though social networking is still most deeply utilized by the youngest adult age group this is the merely group in which usage dropped in the 2011 investigation, from a hit the highest point of 86% in 2010 to 83% this year and between 2009 and 2011 the percentage of 50-64 year olds (the “baby boomers”) using SNS has over doubled from 25% to 51%:

The survey performed by phone in April and May this year with 2,277 adults aged 18 and older, as well asked users for one word to explain the social networking incident. A lot of respondents aroused with “addictive” or “addicting” as the first thing that came to their mind, others articulated disappointment by replying “annoying,” “overwhelming,” “boring,” “confusing” and “overrated”, but the majority wanted optimistic adjective with “good being the most common response and “fun,” “great,” “interesting” and “convenient” also being used frequently.