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Social Networks Are for Adults Too, Says a PEW Survey

The Pew Internet and American Life Project have just released a very interesting report about adults and social networks websites. What the track survey made on December 2008 found is that, "The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now"

If you want to read more on this report, grab the free PDF here. Being lazy as we find ourserlves tonight, we will refrain to write more and we will reproduce waht Karine Joly finds as the more relevant findings:

>> 75% of our college crowd, young adults aged 18-24 have a profile (no big scoop here, but always nice to have some recent data, don’t you think?), 57% of online adults 25-34, 30% of online adults 35-44

>> In February 2005, just 2% of adult internet users had visited an online social network “yesterday” while 19% of adult internet users had done so in December 2008.

>> Social network users are also more likely to be students — 68% of full time students and 71% of part-time students have a social network profile, while just 28% of adults who are not students use social networks.

>> Nearly one third 31% of online white adults have a social networking profile, compared with 43% of African-Americans and 48% of Hispanics.

>>So, where are those networking adults?
    * 50% of adult social network users have a profile on MySpace
    * 22% have a profile on Facebook
    * 6% have a profile on LinkedIn

MySpace users are more likely to be women, Hispanic or black, to have a high school education or some experience with college. The median age of a MySpace user is 27 years old. Facebook users are more likely to be men and to have a college degree. The median age of a Facebook user is 26 years old. LinkedIn users are more likely to be men, to be white and to have a college degree. The median age of a LinkedIn user is 40 years old.

>> When users do use social networks for professional and personal reasons, they will often maintain multiple profiles, generally on different sites.
51% of social network users have two or more online profiles
43% have only one online profile

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  1. As time goes on, these statistics get more and more entrenched with particular groups of users... As people begin to get older than the average MySpace user, it's becoming more and more common to see people use more professionally oriented social networks as part of their careers. Since there are so many different networks available now, it stands to reason that in the future just about everyone will be able to join some sort of organized online network specifically for their career and/or hobby related interests. I can't wait until they finally invent the one for me.