Key findings from a 21-nation survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project:
- Social networking has spread around the world with remarkable speed.
- In countries such as Britain, the United States, Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain, about half of all adults now use Facebook and similar websites. These sites are also popular in many lower-income nations, where, once people have access to the internet, they tend to use it for social networking
- Cell phones have become nearly ubiquitous throughout much of the world
- Most smartphone users visit social networking sites on their phone, while many get job, consumer and political information
- 67 percent of social networkers say they use these sites to share opinions about music and movies
- Technologies like these are especially popular among the young and well educated. In almost every country polled, people under age 30 and those with a college education are more likely to engage in social networking and to use a smart phone
- Expressing opinions about politics, community issues and religion is particularly common in the Arab world.