6 Percent of U.S. Adults use Twitter

The Pew Center released a new report today revealing 6 percent of U.S. adults use Twitter. The majority of them? Women and those with a college education. Also high on the list are young adults ages 18 to 29, minority groups — 13 percent black and 18 percent Hispanic — and urban dwellers.

According to the study, one-quarter of Twitter users check the social media platform multiple times per day to see others’ tweets, while one in five never look for new updates. The majority (72 percent) post about personal-related topics while 62 percent tweet about work matters.

What makes these statistics humorous to me is that two years ago, my college reporting professor, who works with the Pew Internet Project in fact, told my class Twitter was the next big thing; how everyone would be on Twitter in a few years. We were even required to make a Twitter account and tweet daily. We all thought otherwise, as the intelligent, all-knowing 20-year-olds we were, and chalked it up to be something pointless and “only for old people.” Yes, I remember having that conversation with a classmate.

How wrong we were…


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