Highlights - Pew Research Report: Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015

Content From: AIDS.govPublished: September 01, 20152 min read


HIV.gov continually monitors digital research and tools that can improve the way we share health information. Today we present highlights from the Pew Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015 ReportExit Disclaimer about how different demographics are using social media platforms. We hope this will help inform your communications planning efforts and help you engage with your audiences more effectively.

Overall Highlights:
  • 85% of U.S. adults are internet users and 67% are smartphone users.
  • Over the past 4 years, almost all of the major social media platforms Pew tracks have had significant increases in the proportion of U.S. adults who use them.
  • Facebook remains the most popular social media site among internet users, but it was the only platform that has not seen significant growth since 2012.
Pew Report August 2015 - FB and Instagram daily usage

Demographics of social media users:

FacebookExit Disclaimer

  • Total % of users: 72% of adult internet users or 62% of entire adult population.
  • Demographic: Ages 18-29: 82%, Ages 30-49: 79%, Ages 50-64: 64%, Ages 65+: 48%

PinterestExit Disclaimer

  • Total % of users: 31% of adult internet users or 26% of entire adult population.
  • Demographic:Women continue to dominate Pinterest – 44% of online women use the site, compared with 16% of online men.

InstagramExit Disclaimer

  • Total % of users: 28% of adult internet users or 24% of entire adult population.
  • Demographic: Continues to be popular with: young adults, African Americans, and Hispanics: 55% of online adults ages 18-29 use Instagram, as do 47% of African Americans and 38% of Hispanics.

LinkedInExit Disclaimer

  • Total % of users: 25% of adult internet users or 22% of entire adult population.
  • Demographic: Especially popular among working-age adults, as well as with college graduates and those with relatively high household incomes.

Note: LinkedIn is the only major platform for which usage rates are higher among 30-to 49-year-olds than among those aged 18-29.

TwitterExit Disclaimer

  • Total % of users: 23% of all internet users or 20% of entire adult population.
  • Demographic: More popular among younger adults — 30% of online adults under 50 use Twitter, compared with 11% of online adults ages 50 and older.

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