People are spending more of their online time on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as well as blogs, according to a recent report from Nielsen research study.
According to the study, US citizens are spending almost 25% of their online time on social-networks and blog sites. This is about 6 hours per month per person and is a huge increase from just a year ago.
The study also shows that Americans spend around 36% of their internet time communicating and networking with other people through social networking, blogging, e-mail and messaging.
The growing popularity of social networks has led to an increase in the sharing of online content between people.
Although social networks started out as a communication tool for younger people, it is now attracting an older people. Now twice as many Americans over the age of 50 use social networks than people under 18.
Many older people use social networks as a way to find and stay in touch with friends and family.
As the use of social networks grow, its newer converts seem to be an older group of people who are more varied in race and economic class, according to Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
[ Source: USA Today ]