Social networking is no more a “just teen” thing! Because more and more adults are joining teens on popular social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. At least the results of a recent survey tells us so. The survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that adult Americans who use the internet are joining social networks at a rapid rate and the number of individual with an online profile has quadrupled in the past three years.
Pew Research Center, found that thirty-five percent of US Web users aged 18 or older have a profile on a social network such as Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn. Though, the number of adult American who uses social networks is rising, they are still far behind the number of online American teens who do so. According to Pew Research Center, sixty-five percent of online Americans, aged 12 to 17 years, use social networks.
The survey also found that the number of adults who use social networks declines with age. About seventy-five percent of adult Americans who uses Internet and who fall in the age group of 18 to 24, uses social networks. Then, 57 percent of those aged 25 to 34; 30 percent of those aged 35 to 44; 19 percent of those aged 45 to 54; 10 percent of those aged 55 to 64 and just seven percent of those aged 65 and older uses at least one social network.
What about the most popular social networking sites among adults? The survey, conducted between November 2007 and December 2008, found that fifty percent of adult social network users have a profile on MySpace, while 22 percent have a profile on Facebook, six percent have a profile on LinkedIn, two percent have an account on Yahoo! and one percent each have accounts on YouTube and Classmates.com.