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Bulletin Poll: Social Media 2012

The purpose of this brief poll was to investigate the similarities and differences of those ages 18 to 49 and those ages 50+ regarding social media. We wanted to know how important they consider social media and patterns of usage.

Key findings included:

  • More than half (56%) of all respondents say they use social media.
  • Almost two-thirds of social media users say they only have one or two social media accounts (65%), and most social media users say they have a Facebook account (90%).
  • Half of people say they use social media to keep in touch with family and friends (51%).
  • Six out of ten people who do not use social media say it is a waste of time (61%).
  • Three-fourths say they do not have an iPad or tablet computer (75%).
  • Six in ten people say they have a telephone landline and a cell phone, and nine in ten of these people do not plan to get rid of their landline.

Data were gathered by a random-digit dial telephone omnibus survey from July 18-22, 2012, of 1,000 respondents aged 18+. For more information, contact Linda Barrett at 202-434-6197.

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