Internet Usage Of Social Media

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OVERVIEW: Internet usage has become a heavily integrated and important characteristic of current and contemporary society. It would be rare to meet anyone who has not yet used any aspect of the Internet. In fact, according to the article, Social Media Update 2016 written by Shannon Greenwood, Andrew Perrin, and Maeve Duggun of the Pew Research center, “86% of Americans are currently internet users” (Greenwood et al.) This percentage includes teenagers, emerging adults, and adults. Below are observations of the different trends in internet usage of these different age groups.
TEENS: The Pew Research center refers to the age group of teens as those being between the ages of 12 to 17. Amongst this age bracket, “87% of those (…) now use the
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According to Amanda Lenhart from the piece, Teens and Sexting, “4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else via text messaging [and] 15% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have received [them]” (Lenhart). In addition to sexting, cyberbullying has become a major issue online. The article, Cyberbullying 2010: What the Research Tells Us, “32% of teens have experienced (…) forms of online harassment” (Lenhart). Though there is no way to completely stop the existence of these problems the application of Education about internet usage, dangers, and consequences amongst teens will lessen the exposure of both inappropriate contact and content through online communication.
EMERGING ADULTS: I will be referring to the age bracket of 18-29 as the emerging adult group. Similarly to the teens, emerging adults of today’s society heavily use and rely on the internet and internet technologies as forms of communication and entertainment. Andrew Perrin and Maeve Duggen of the article, Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015, observes that “96% of 18 to 29-year-olds use the internet” (Perrin at al.) Among the 96% of internet users in the age group, “90% of them use social networking sites,” as reported by the article Social Media Usage: 2005-2015 (Perrin). A majority of social media networking traffic comes from
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