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In computer news this week: 03/28/2012
The downsides of social networking –
845 million active users Current world population is 7 Billion
Online social networking began much earlier than people realize. At its peak in the 1990’s America Online had social pages where people could have pictures of themselves and their interests, and make online friends with people around the world. The only limitation was that everyone had to be an AOL member.
People today think of Facebook as the primary social networking company, which has pretty much replaced Myspace – the previous leader. The popular movie – The Social Network – received 8 Academy Award nominations, and in the rare event someone on this earth had never been on the internet and hadn’t heard about it – the movie probably reached every nook and cranny of non-Facebook aware human beings.
Facebook has become a social phenomenon in less than 8 years from its development in 2005. As of February 2012, Facebook has more than 845 million active users. The current world population is 7 Billion, so that means 1 out of 10 people on earth have a Facebook page.
Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages. . Facebook allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the site.
The internet research group http://www.pewinternet.org/ has published an online report - Social networking sites and our lives – ( And I have a link to this report in the transcript of my show on the Raw Bytes website.)
which states the following figures:
The number of those using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and the population of SNS users has gotten older.
The average age of adult-SNS users has shifted from 33 in 2008 to 38 in 2010. Over half of all adult SNS users are now over the age of 35. Some 56% of SNS users now are female.
There is considerable variance in the way people use various social networking sites: 52% of Facebook users and 33% of Twitter users engage with the platform daily, while only 7% of MySpace and 6% of LinkedIn users do the same.
On Facebook on an average day:
15% of Facebook users update their own status.
22% comment on another’s post or status.
20% comment on another user’s photos.
26% “Like” another user’s content.
10% send another user a private message
The survey also found:
Facebook users are more trusting than others.
We found that the typical internet user is more than twice as likely as others to feel that people can be trusted. Further, we found that Facebook users are even more likely to be trusting.
Other findings include:
Facebook users have more close relationships, get more social support than other people, are much more politically engaged than most people, and Facebook revives “dormant” relationships.
Doesn’t this all seem just warm and cozy, almost like a Norman Rockwell cover?
Well, like most things in the computer industry, there’s more than 2 sides to every story, and we’ll look as some of those down sides next week.
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This is Frank Delaney
(C) 2012 MTA Micro Technology Associates