As children and adults get ready to head out for Halloween, many will have a bag to collect candy in one hand and a smartphone in the other. They’ll want to take photos of their costumes and other great ones seen along the way. If they lose their Internet connection, they’ll pop into a place with public online access, so they can post fun photos and share their real-time adventures with others on social media.
Most Teens Online Every Day
Besides needing fast access to the Internet for special occasions, teens want this convenience for daily use. Here are findings from recent Pew Research Center reports:
92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly”
56% of those ages 13 to 17 go online several times a day
12% report once-a-day use
According to this research, mobile devices have enabled this regular online activity. Here are the findings about teen access to these devices:
Almost 75% have or have access to a smartphone.
Of the participants in this survey, 30% have a basic phone.
Of the teens in this study, 12% do not have a cell phone of any type.
In addition, the report indicates that teens are diversifying their use of social media. Here are the findings:
Most teens, or 71%, use more than one social network site out of the seven platform options in the survey.
Among the 22% of teens who only use one site, 66% use Facebook, 13% use Google+, 13% use Instagram and 3% use Snapchat.
Teenage girls use visually oriented social media.
Teenage boys are more likely to own gaming consoles and play video games.
Most Adults Online Use Social Networking
The Pew Research Center has also reported equally active social media use in adults who go online. The widespread availability of cell phones and increasing use of smartphones has made social networking accessible, with the help of public access networks. Here are the survey results:
40% of adult cellphone owners use a social networking site on their phone
28% do so on a typical day
The report also indicated that adult use of social media was equally popular with adults as teens. As of January 2014, 74% of online adults reported using social networking sites. In particular, as of September 2014:
71% of online adults used Facebook
23% of online adults used Twitter
26% used Instagram
28% used Pinterest
28% used LinkedIn
In May 2013, 74% of women were users of social networking sites compared with 62% of men.
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