Social Media Usage: 2005-2015
Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?
Andrew Perrin, “Social Media Usage: 2005-2015,” Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, 08-Oct-2015. .
How did you find the paper?
If applicable, write a list of the search terms you used.
- social media usage
Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.
This is a report from the Pew Research Centre and has not been peer reviewed. However, the report was prepared by a team of researchers including:
- Andrew Perrin, Research Assistant
- Maeve Duggan, Research Associate
- Lee Rainie, Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research
- Aaron Smith, Associate Director, Research
- Shannon Greenwood, Assistant Digital Producer
- Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer
- Dana Page, Senior Communications Manager
Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?
The author is a research assistant at Pew research centre, received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), African American Studies - Public Policy Concentration, and has published several reports on technology through the Pew Research centre.
The Pew research centre is:
a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.
What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?
While not published in academic journals, the author appears to be experienced in researching and reporting on technology
What was the paper about?
This paper is a report on social media usage from 2005 to 2015.
The study found that the use of social media by the general population has increased significantly over eh period 2005-2015, with 65% of American adults using it.
The use of social media is still stratified by generation group, with the younger generation's use the highest, but with a general increase in use overall, in particular with the 65+ age group.
Men and women are relatively equal users with women slightly ahead.
Social media is also used more by those with higher education .
And use is higher as salaries increase.
Use between races appears similar
If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
This is the first paper reviewed covering demographic use patterns of social media.
If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?
What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?
This paper illustrates the increasing use of social media by nearly all segments of society.
This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed. Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?