Social Media Fact Sheet
Today around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves. Explore the demographic patterns and trends shaping the social media landscape.
Publics in Emerging Economies Worry Social Media Sow Division, Even as They Offer New Chances for Political Engagement
Many who use social media say they regularly see false or misleading content, but also view these platforms as offering new avenues for political engagement.
Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018
The share of U.S. adults who say they use certain online platforms or apps is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake news and censorship on social media.
Sizing Up Twitter Users
Twitter users are younger, more likely to identify as Democrats, more highly educated and have higher incomes than U.S. adults overall.
Teens’ Social Media Habits and Experiences
Teens credit social media for helping to build stronger friendships and exposing them to a more diverse world, but they express concern that these sites lead to drama and social pressure.
Many Turn to YouTube for Children’s Content, News, How-To Lessons
An analysis of Youtube videos suggested by the site’s recommendation engine finds that users are directed toward progressively longer and more popular content
A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying
59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age. At the same time, teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing this issue.
How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions
Roughly half of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction.
Activism in the Social Media Age
As the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag turns 5 years old, a look at its evolution on Twitter and how Americans view social media’s impact on political and civic engagement
Shareable quotes from experts about the impact of digital life
Stories from experts about the impact of digital life, from @pewresearch and @ImagineInternet.