Celebrating Facebook’s Birthday with Six New Stats

ImageWith 57 percent of adults and 73 percent of those between the ages of 12 and 17, connecting, liking, commenting and sharing, it’s no surprise that Facebook is considered the dominant social networking site.

In honor of Facebook’s 10th birthday on Feb. 4, the Pew Research Center released a list of 6 new facts about Facebook.

  1. Users dislike some aspects of Facebook, but still want to see what their friends are doing. Facebook users detest when their friends share too much information and dislike the pressure to comment or like content posted by others, but they don’t mind seeing posts about their friend’s social activities. Only 5 percent of Facebook users strongly dislike seeing posts about social events they were not included in.
  2. Women and men use Facebook for different reasons.
    Women enjoy seeing photos or videos and sharing information with many people at once much more than male users. Men and women equally like keeping up with news and current events as well as receiving updates or comments though Facebook.
  3. Half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 friends.
    The average number of friends for adult Facebook users is 338. Younger users tend to have a larger friend network – 27 percent of users between 18 and 29 years old have 500 or more friends.
  4. Users aren’t afraid to ask others to unfriend.
    Twelve percent of users have been asked to unfriend someone on the site. The request comes from friends 35 percent of the time, current romantic partners 23 percent of the time and former romantic partners 12 percent of the time.
  5. ImageFacebook users like and comment on their friend’s posts and photos more frequently than they update their own status.
    While 44 percent of users like content at least once per day, only 10 percent change or update their status on a daily basis.
  6. Even those without accounts are familiar with the site.
    Among internet users, 52 percent say someone else in their household has a Facebook account, and 24 percent of those living with someone who has a Facebook account have accessed the site through another’s account.

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