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A massive survey of internet users reveals trends in social media usage across numerous platforms, ages, races, genders, population density and which social media sites do they frequently visit.
The Pew Research Center has released the results of a comprehensive social media survey, conducted over several years to evaluate which demographics were using social media, and on which platforms. Which social networking sites emerged on top?
Of the online adults surveyed at the end of 2012:
67% use Facebook
20% use LinkedIn
16% use Twitter
15% use Pinterest
13% use Instagram
6% use Tumblr
A decent amount of Americans appear to be using social media, but which demographics use social media in greater numbers?
It appears that women use social media 9% more than men do, at a whopping rate of 71%. Other frontrunners with the highest social network activity in their demographic include city dwellers(70%), Hispanics (72%) and adults with a household income below $30,000 annually (72%).
The most pervasive and consistent divider amongst social media users remains, unsurprisingly, their age. 83% of the young adult demographic (18-29 year olds) use social media, which is well over double the activity of online adults over 65 years old (32%).
In no way do I consider myself an expert of social media!!! However, I am a person that attempts to leverage it for influence, and a parent trying to navigate it with my 3 daughters. Recently, I ...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
I like this idea of learning with children, whether as a teacher or parent, and setting some boundaries for them so they learn an effective and mindful social media practice. And, we, the adults, do as well.
How do people learn, and how can they do it better in a constantly evolving context? These six channels are powerful players in how learners make meaning: identifying, decoding, evaluating, and sharing fluid media and information.
Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice
Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall, Eds. May 2013
Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, Canada (UNESCO/COL Chair in OER) as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:www.col.org/psOERIRP. Available in PDF and epub formats.
This book is one in a series of OER resources published by COL. It describes the OER movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER's significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:
OER in AcademiaOER in Practice:Diffusion of OERProducing, Sharing and Using OER
Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.
Digital Workplaces aren’t yet taking the world by storm but they are emerging as a very powerful enabling technology for the future. Moreover, they will probably be seen as a critical need as the world becomes more mobile and businesses begin to rely more heavily on social networking.
The closing line makes the point a digital world will play a role. It won't play the only role. What we need to develop is effective and mindful practices to integrate digital technologies into the workplace and our world.
The writing appears to be on the wall for cursive writing.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
Is this either or conversation? It would only be if people are unable to hold more than idea and have a real conversation. When we suggest cursive writing is old school because digital is new school, do we not miss the benefits of both that can accrue to our children?