19% of Online Americans Actively Socialize Online

Interesting statistics has been announced by the Pew Internet & American Life Project today. Out of the 2,253 online Americans they have surveyed (via phone interviews), 19% say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others”.

As expected, “mobile users are more likely to tweet” and are easier to stay in touch with.

The reported age distribution (where December 2008 data is compared to the September 2009 data) supports the premise that Social Media is more popular among younger population:

Age of Social Media Users

The median age reported for the most popular channels of Social Media is:

  • Twitter – 31
  • MySpace – 26
  • LinkedIn – 39
  • Facebook – 33

The full 14-pages report is available in PDF here. See also Pew’s “Portrait of a Twitter User” post for some detailed demographics data.

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