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People Spend Nearly 2 1/2 Hours Daily On Social Media
, Staff Writer, 3 hours ago
People worldwide spend two hours and 25 minutes each day using social media, according to new research from We Are Social and Hootsuite. (Americans spend 18 minutes less than the global average.)
Surprisingly, the total time spent on social media across all users remained the same as in 2019, despite the pandemic enticing people to spend more time in front of their screens.
Facebook remains the worlds most used social platform both in the U.S. and globally, followed by YouTube and WhatsApp. Facebook-owned platforms account for four of the top five most-used social platforms globally.
The 300-page Digital 2021 report outlines the expanded use of social media, with 45% of users aged 16 to 64 searching for brand information on social networks, and 40% using social media for work purposes.
A key consideration for marketers is how older age groups are the fastest-growing segments among some of the top social platforms audiences. The number of users over the age of 50 is growing more quickly than any other age group on Facebook and Snapchat.
There are now
social media users around the world, representing year-on-year growth of more than 13%, and representing 490 million new users. The number of social media users is now equivalent to more than 53% of the worlds total population.The U.S. counts 299 million internet users and 240 million social media users.
Females, regardless of age, spend more time on social media than men worldwide. Women ages 45-54 spend two hours and one minute per day, compared to one hour and 47 minutes for their male counterparts.
The top reasons for using social media are staying up to date with news and events (37%), finding funny content and entertainment (35%), filling up s