Do you recall when you first started using social media? Can you even remember that far back?
Honestly, we’re struggling to! We think it might have been when we signed up for MySpace back in 2003. We’d come home from school and write “hI*! how’d ur day go??” on our friends walls, even though we had literally just seen them. Needless to say, we’ve come a long way since then. Mostly.
What’s your journey with social media been like? We polled everyone from millennials to baby boomers to find out.
Unsurprisingly, Facebook, which usurped MySpace’s throne over a decade ago, gets to keep its crown. 56% of millennials, 76% of Gen X, and 82% of baby boomers all say Facebook is the main social media site they use. The site they use least of all? LinkedIn, which got exactly 0% of the votes.
What do they treasure most about social media? For 49% of millennials, it’s all the photos they’ve posted over the years. For 35% of Gen X’ers and 35% of baby boomers, it’s having easy access to all of their contacts.
Based on all the articles we read about the effects of social media on self-esteem, social lives, and even bullying, we were surprised that none of the three generations we polled really saw it this way at all. 76% of millennials, 80% of Gen X’ers, and 89% of baby boomers all saw social media as having had a positive effect on their lives, expressing their love for keeping up with their friends and family, posting about their adventures, and generally using the endless scroll feature to kill some time.
When asked if there was a social media channel they’d banish from their lives if they could, Twitter and Snapchat seemed to have the most frustration directed at them.
“Twitter. I really don’t see the purpose for it!” – Debbie K.
“It would be Twitter because not many people can write something cohesive in 140 characters.” – Shami J.
“Snapchat. I don’t like how people express themselves on there more with pics instead of communicating.” – Ernestine P.
“Snapchat. I just don’t understand it and I feel like it consumes people’s lives instead of focusing on what’s going on around them.” – Krystle S.
As much as we might enjoy using social media, if we’re truly honest with ourselves, do we find ourselves addicted to the apps? Almost half of social media users across the three generations all say YES.
Buuut apparently they’re not addicted enough to try a social media cleanse. Only 40% of millennials, 28% of Gen X’ers, and 14% of baby boomers have ever done one.
Welp, there’s no time like the present, guys! But if you’ve got it under control, happy scrolling.
Can you imagine life without social media? How different do you think your relationships might be? Share your thoughts with us below.