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In 2005, 8% of men and 6% of women used social media.
Starting in 2009, women started using social media at slightly higher rates than men, although this balance has shrunk yet again in recent years.
Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social networking sites, up from 7% when Pew Research Center began systematically tracking social media usage in 2005.
Pew Research reports have documented in great detail how the rise of social media has affected such things as work, politics and political deliberation, communications patterns around the globe, as well as the way people get and share information about health, civic life, news consumption, communities, teenage life, parenting, dating and even people’s level of stress.
While usage among young adults started to leveled off as early as 2010, since then there has been a surge in usership among those 65 and older.
In 2005, 2% of seniors used social media, compared with 35% today.
At the same time, the share of those with a high school diploma or less who use social media has grown more than tenfold over the past decade.
There were modest differences by household income when Pew Research first began measuring social media usage in 2005: 4% of those living in households earning less than ,000 used social media, compared with 12% of those living in household earning ,000 or more.
Currently adoption rates for social media stand at 76% for those with college or graduate degrees, 70% of those with some college education and 54% for those who have a high school diploma or less.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
In 2005, 6% of African-Americans, 7% of whites and 10% of Hispanics used social networking sites.
Today, those figures stand at 56% of African-Americans and 65% of both whites and Hispanics.