Saturday, February 22, 2014

Research about technology and relationships; Facebook

A new survey from the Pew Research Center asked a sample of 2,252 adults, aged 18+, in the USA, about how use of the internet and social media affected their relationships. Some interesting results, for example:
- "10% of internet users who are married or partnered say that the internet has had a “major impact” on their relationship" (74% of those said a positive impact)
- "23% of 18-29 year olds in serious relationships report resolving an argument using digital tools that they were having trouble resolving in person"
- "9% of adult cell owners have sent a sext of themselves to someone else, up from 6% of cell owners who said this in 2012"
The report is at
Also earlier this month Pew posted 6 new facts about Facebook, which are:
- "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% 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"
This comes from a survey - more details pop up if you click the link to the survey near the top of the page.
Photo by Sheila Webber: had forgotten I'd planted these, February 2014

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