One of our favourite subjects here at OSM is the giant social network Facebook and Facebook studies have often revealed some interesting facts and figures. Just recently we told about the number of profanities used on Facebook and also how Facebook friends match the mentions of alcohol in profiles of undergraduate guys. Now we have news of more Facebook statistics that may surprise you.
News of these facts came to us from Mashable’s Pete Cashmore in a CNN article, where he points out that with 600 million users, studying what people do on Facebook has real relevance in today’s world, showing our changing culture, values, morals and relationships. Cashmore has put together 10 fascinating facts that have evolved from Facebook studies and we’d like to share some of those with you.
For example, a study in February 2010 came up with the conclusion that over half of Americans (56%) don’t think it’s a good idea to have your boss as a Facebook friend. The reason for this was thought to be that as work and our home lives seem to become more entwined, people realize the importance of trying to draw a line between the two.
Another study for Valentine’s Day found that those Facebook users in relationships were generally happier than those who were single except for those who were in an “open relationship” who were found to be notably less happy than single people.
We previously told about another Facebook study about women and their friendships on Facebook with a staggering 85% saying they were sometimes irritated by these friends, with the main area of annoyance being complaining.
Another study with results that may surprise you showed that 36% of under 35’s found social networking so important that they checked Facebook, Twitter and their texts after sex, and on the face of it this reliance seems rather sad. However, we could also say that on the whole, many feel that social networking enriches their lives. For more fascinating facts about Facebook, studies check out the full article at the CNN link above.
Were you surprised by any of these Facebook study results? On the whole, would you say that social networks such as Facebook have been a positive or negative influence on your life? Why not let us know with your comments.
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