Magazine article Information Today

Smart Social Media

Magazine article Information Today

Smart Social Media

Article excerpt

Is Facebook making us stupid? While social networking sites can often be big-time distractions, those who are more educated are also more likely to be linked in, according to a Pew Global Attitudes Project study.

The study found that two kinds of digital communication that have gained traction in the U.S.--texting (November 2011 IT, p. 10) and social networks--are also popular worldwide. Of social networking, at least 25% of those polled use such websites in 15 of the 21 countries included in the survey. These sites are most popular in Israel (53%) and the U.S. (50%). About four out of 10 adults use these sites in Britain (43%), Spain (42%), Lithuania (39%), and Poland (39%). Germany, Japan, and France were the only countries polled where the majority of internet users report they do not use social media sites.

In most of the countries included, there has been little change in the popularity of social networking since 2010, according to the study. However, the Pew report notes that in Egypt, social media have played an integral role during recent political upheaval. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.