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  • BY: Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist RE: Adults and social network websites DATE: January 14, 2009, 4 PM EST 35% of adults & 65% of teens have profiles on Social Networking Sites.


  • 1. Social Networking Sites: Good or Bad for Society
    By: Aysha Meeks
  • 2. Popular Sites…
  • 3. What are Social Networking Sites?
    Online communities
    Allow people to develop profiles of backgrounds and interests
    Communicate with friends and strangers
    And share thoughts, photos, internet links, music, etc.
  • 4. Networking
  • 5. Author Barry Wellman
    “The internet plays socially beneficial roles in a world moving towards ‘networked individualism.’”
  • 6. Use of the Social Networking Sites
    60 million receive help with major life issues.
    59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social networking sites to discuss educational topics including career and college planning, and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments.
  • 7.
  • 8. Who is affected?
    All age groups own at least one profile on a social networking site.
  • 9. Uses of Social Network Sites
  • 10. Social Networking Sites and Politics
    the day before the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Barack Obama had 2,379,102 Facebook. Republican John McCain had 620,359
    Obama had 833,161 MySpace friends and McCain had 217,811.
    Obama had 384% more Facebook supporters and 383% more MySpace friends than McCain
  • 11. Using the Internet for information
    Young voters seek information from social networking sites
    “52% have gone online to look for more information about candidates’ positions on the issues.”
    “More than a quarter of US voters younger than age 30 (including 37% of those aged 18-24) said they obtained information about the political campaigns from social networking sites.”
  • 12. Politicians Use Networking Sites
    “candidates in the 2008 election engaged potential voters with YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other social media.”
  • 13. Social Networking Sites
    Beneficial for finding important contacts
    Benefits students with educational needs
    Help out politicians who need younger voters
    Helps younger voters obtain information on politics
  • 14. Go Sign Up…it’s FREE!