What role did social networks such as Facebook and Twitter play in discussions about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative and government surveillance? Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project sought to find out by conducting a survey of 1,801 adults.
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Facebook has become a virtual newsroom of sorts, with a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project finding that three out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook, and 78 percent of Facebook users see news while navigating the site. Now, the social network is aiming to become an invaluable resource for journalists and media organizations, announcing that it teamed up with social content discovery outfit Storyful to launch FB Newswire.
While the percentage of U.S. senior citizens (defined as those aged 65 and older) using Facebook and other social networks continues to increase, it still lags well behind the adoption rate of overall U.S. adults, according to the results of a new study from Pew Research Center.
Facebook and other social networks continue to become further intertwined with the media, as the State of the News Media 2014 report, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project found that 50 percent of social network users share or repost news stories, images, or videos, while 46 percent discuss news or current events on their networks, and 11 percent have submitted their own content to news websites or blogs.
STUDY: Users Who Arrive At News Sites Via Facebook Spend Less Time, View Fewer Pages, Return Less Often
Facebook’s efforts to cozy up to media organizations appear to be timely, as Internet users who arrive at the 26 news websites analyzed in a new study from Pew Research Center via directly typing in those sites’ URLs or via bookmarks spend far more time on those sites, view more pages, and return more times per month.
As Facebook turns 10 Tuesday, Pew Research Center released a treasure trove of facts about the social network, including one that debunks the theory that Facebook has a teen problem: 73 percent of U.S. Internet users between the ages of 12 and 17 are on the social network.
A social media report released Monday by Pew Research Center reveals that 71 percent of online adults use Facebook (up from 67 percent in late 2012), and 17 percent use Instagram (up from 13 percent).
A total of 47 percent of Facebook users get news on the social network, trailing Reddit (62 percent) and Twitter (52 percent), but due to the size of its user base, when looking at U.S. adults overall, Facebook blows away its social network competition, with 30 percent getting news from the site, and YouTube coming in a distant second, at 10 percent, according to the latest study from Pew Research Center.
The average Facebook user does not come to the social network in search of news, but he or she usually winds up discovering news anyway, as a new study from Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that of the 64 percent of U.S. adults who are Facebook users, 47 percent of that group “ever” gets news from the social network, leading Pew to call 30 percent of U.S. adults “Facebook news consumers.”
A Facebook spokesman told The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog that approximately 70 percent of the social network’s users in the U.S. have at least one friend who has indicated on Facebook that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.