65% of Adults in U.S. Use Social Media (Report)

By David Cohen Comment


What percentage of U.S. adults do you believe uses social networking sites? According to Pew Research Center, the answer is 65. Does that seem too high, too low or just right?

Other findings in the new report by Pew included:

  • 35 percent of Americans 65 and older use social media, up from 11 percent in 2010 and 2 percent in 2005.
  • 90 percent of young adults use social networks.
  • 68 percent of all women use social media, versus 62 percent of all men.
  • 56 percent of those in households earning less than $30,000 per year use social media, compared with 4 percent in 2005. Those figures are 78 percent and 12 percent, respectively, for households earning $75,000 or more.
  • 54 percent of Americans with high-school diplomas or less, 70 percent with some college and 76 percent of college degrees use social networks, compared with 4 percent, 8 percent and 12 percent, respectively, in 2005.
  • 65 percent of whites, 65 percent of Hispanics and 56 percent of African Americans use social media.
  • 58 percent of rural residents, 68 percent of suburban residents and 64 percent of urban residents use social networks.

Readers: Did any of Pew’s findings surprise you?

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