Facebook is part of our lives in a big way. Every year we hear that there is some new social site that will take over the juggernaut, but it never happens. Although there are rumours that many are leaving the site it’s hard to see a world without Facebook.
Personally I use it to promote myself and keep tabs on friends from school. I mean why meet up for a drink with an old friends when you can just stalk them effortlessly without them knowing? The world has indeed become a scary and lonely place.
As we are big fans of students here at MouthLondon (Who would have guessed eh?), we conducted some research with the gang over at Europasat to determine how Facebook effects the student demographic.
Check out the results here and see if you agree?
The younger you are, the more likely you are to have friends on Facebook that you’ve never met.
However, the amount of individuals that regularly talk to these people is pretty much the same, all age ranges falling somewhere between 23% and 25%.
The older age groups are much more likely not have friends on Facebook that they don’t know.
10% of both 18-24 year olds and 25-24 year olds do not actually know 11-20% of their Facebook friends in real life.
43% of 18-24 year olds have had a conversation of a flirtatious nature with someone that they’ve never actually met.
11% of people in the 55+ age group have also had flirtatious online conversations with people that they’ve never met.
4% of 18-24 year olds claim to spend over six hours per day on their social media accounts, and 14% claim to spend between one hour and an hour and a half on them.
50% of 18-24 year olds feel that their social media accounts give them a mechanism to say things that they wouldn’t usually say in real life, and 44% say they feel more confident speaking through their social media accounts.