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Brits lead in Social Network Usage

by David Mercer | 6月 26, 2008

Social network services have boomed in the last couple of years, led by now well-known brands such as Facebook, Myspace and Bebo. I profess to finding the whole thing a little bemusing, but that’s doubtless down to my unsuitable demographic. Perhaps if I’d been born 20 years later I’d now be spending hours every day updating my social pages and checking out the latest activities of “friends” I never thought I had or needed. Strategy Analytics’ own survey data confirms that I’m in the wrong age group to appreciate the value of these services. Of online users across the US and Europe, 63% of 15-24 year-olds and 52% of 25-34s use a social network. Once we reach middle age the proportion drops below a third: 30% of 35-44s and 25% of 45-54s. Only 15% of those lucky enough to have reached or be approaching retirement (55 and over) have discovered the delights of MySpace and Facebook. In actual fact, as an occasional user of Linked-in I do classify as a “user”. I did also register with Facebook and receive invitations to “connect” from “friends” I have never heard of. I suppose grumpy old men just aren’t cut out for all this friendship. It’s good to know today’s youngsters have so many options ahead of them… Other findings from our study: UK internauts are most likely to maintain a social network, with just over half claiming to be users. The proportion in the US is 44%, and 37% in Italy, but in France and Germany only just over 20% of internet users are networking socially. Our findings suggest that social networks are attracting huge daily audiences. In the US more than 30 million people are using a service every day, while in the UK the number is more than 8 million. That’s a lot of young people being pulled away from more traditional pursuits like watching TV. In spite of that, 69% of 15-24 year olds still claim to watch TV (ie TV shows or movies on the TV set) on a weekly basis, compared to 74% of the population on average. But the term “watch” should probably be applied loosely: anecdotally it is clear more and more people are tapping away on PC keyboards or cellphones while the TV show runs on the big screen ten feet away. Client Reading: Social Media: Brits Lead in Social Network Usage Add to Technorati Favorites
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