How well do you know social media? Since social media has practically become the air we breathe, we are all convinced we’re social media experts. There are, however, a lot of lesser-known facts about this global phenomenon that even social media addicts are in the dark about.
Here are just some of the interesting facts that shine a light on the ways social media platforms influence both private and professional lives of their users.
Social Media is Younger Than You Thought
Believe it or not, there was a time when social media was just a dorm room experiment, and it wasn’t even that long ago! The biggest social media platforms in the world, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, are only a little over a decade old. Incredible, don’t you think?
Genders on Social Media
While women and men are equally passionate social media users, there are differences between the number of female and male users across different platforms.
Women make up the majority of users on Facebook (57%), Twitter (53%), and Instagram (65%), while YouTube and LinkedIn have a slightly higher number of male users.
The Reality of Social Media Addiction
It’s hard to gauge exactly at what point heavy social media use ends and a full-blown addiction begins. I’ll let you be the judge once you consider these facts:
85% of people rely on Twitter and Facebook for their morning news
1.23 billion users log into Facebook for an average of 17 minutes each day
39,757 years are collectively spent on Facebook in a single day by its active users
28% of iPhone users check their Twitter feed before they get out of bed in the morning
18% of Facebook users can’t go even a few hours without checking their timeline
Looking for more? Take a look at the infographic below to learn plenty more amazing facts about your favorite social media platforms.