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How important is social media to you?

Social Media Infographic from Skout David Castillo Dominici

Dating and social media seem to go hand-in-hand. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide ways for people to connect in a semi-organic way - albeit virtually, so naturally it can lead to friendships and more in real life.

Recently, in honor of website Mashable's "Social Media Day" (isn't every day social media day?) - social discovery app Skout took a survey of 5,000 of its users to find out what exactly they think of social media, and how it has impacted their real lives. Here are some interesting stats they found:

The majority of us have “good friends” made through social media.

70% of people say they have a “good friend” who they met through social media but have never met in-person.

Men are more inclined to give up sex before social media.

25% of men would give up sex before they’d give up their daily social media fix, whereas only 10% of women say the same.

Social media helps people land jobs.

28% of people have actually landed a job as a result of social media.

Mobile is in, laptops are out.

73% of people say they primarily use their smartphone to access social media. Only 7% primarily use their computers these days.

Our addiction to social media is growing.

34% of people spend 2-3 hours on social media each day.

Social Media users are nocturnal.

The most popular time of day to be on social media is in the evening or in the middle of the night.

While social media will only continue to grow in the future, perhaps we should evaluate how necessary it is in our lives. Sure, it can help us land a job or meet new virtual friends, but then once we have those things, maybe we should take a break and have a conversation with the person sitting next to us, in real life.

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