Social statistics tracker ComScore recently released the latest Power of Like report, this one examining how Europeans use Facebook and other social media sites. The paper notes that in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, 32 percent of users’ Facebook time is spent on the news feed page.
Do you get a little down when you see a Facebook friend post about an engagement, a promotion, or significant achievement, feeling that your own life is a little boring by comparison? Or maybe you found you can’t sleep as well in this golden age of social media. You’re not alone. A U.K. study shows that always being plugged in could have negative effects on your mental health.
It’s apparent that Facebook has changed the way people share information, and not just baby photos and event announcements. According to a study in the United Kingdom by the Reuters Institute, the social network is responsible for 55 percent of the country’s news sharing, beating out email and Twitter.
Unfriending can be a delicate, dramatic task. There are a variety of reasons why people do it: Maybe someone is an oversharer, or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, and you’d just feel better off disconnecting. Cambridge University recently published a study showing why people unfriend each other on Facebook.
As more people have the ability to post photos on the go, it’s only inevitable that more photos from Friday night’s party end up on Facebook. A survey by U.K. fashion retailer Very revealed that for women aged 18-35 who go out regularly (87 times per year), the amount of photos posted of them in a year can range from 4,212 to 23,400.
Instagram, which was recently acquired by Facebook, will start integrating social sharing options into the application. Now, Instagram users can choose to automatically have their photos post to their Facebook timelines.
Facebook was seen as the source of personal data that reveal the most about a person, with 26 percent of respondents to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. consumers citing the social network.
Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing app Instagram is coming under scrutiny in the U.K., as competition regulator the Office of Fair Trading expressed concerns that the social network might prevent Instagram users from uploading photos to other sites, or restrict similar applications’ ability to upload photos to Facebook.