Essay Social Media And Its Impact On Society
Numbers don’t lie. While statistics themselves are not enough evidence to support my argument for the church to use social media, the most recent statistics indicate that Americans are embracing the internet and social networking as a means of connection precipitously. Social media is now an integral part of life online as social websites and applications become more easily available. Most traditional online media include social components, such as comment fields for users.
Pew Research Center report the following statistics (see figures 1.1 and 1.2). In that context, a national survey of 1,520 adults conducted March 7-April 4, 2016, finds that Facebook continues to be America’s most popular social networking platform by a substantial margin: Nearly eight-in-ten online Americans (79%) now use Facebook, more than double the share that uses Twitter (24%), Pinterest (31%), Instagram (32%) or LinkedIn (29%). On a total population basis (accounting for Americans who do not use the internet at all), that means that 68% of all U.S. adults are Facebook users, while 28% use Instagram, 26% use Pinterest, 25% use LinkedIn and 21% use Twitter. Roughly eight-in-ten online Americans (79%) now use Facebook, a 7-percentage-point increase from a survey conducted at a similar point in 2015.
Young adults continue to report using Facebook at high rates, but older adults are joining in increasing numbers. Some 62% of online adults ages 65 and older now use Facebook, a…