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Social Media Use in 2021 and the future of online platforms

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Vast sociological research in the U.S. shows thought-provoking statistics about the use of social media among different groups of people

One thing for sure – times are changing. The change is so rapid and globally simultaneous that it is hard to even imagine it let alone grasp it. The main character in today's events is called – Online Social Platforms. Less than 20 years ago, newspapers, radio, and television were the main sources of information for most of the population of our planet. Of course, there was the internet with various chat platforms, blogs, etc. but the true revolution in online social media started with the appearance of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and all the other social networks that we are already familiar with. That happened in the short period between 2004 and 2010. These platforms became the new world forum. They changed the way we communicate with each other, the methods we inform ourselves, and even our perception of the world and others. Nowadays, it's hard to imagine an urban scene without people staring at their smartphones, scrolling in some social platform, or reading yet another piece of information.

If we take the founding of Facebook in 2004 as a starting point of the Online Social Media Revolution, it is 17 years later when there are hundreds of different platforms and an ever-growing emergence of new ones on daily basis. This process is happening at such a frantic pace that a lot of younger people are already disliking Facebook or Twitter (which are considered old-fashioned) in favor of newer platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.

Here you can read and give consideration to the new sociological research conducted by Pew Research Center – The Use of Social Media in 2021:


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