At a time in our society when technology is playing a bigger role than ever in our emotional health, one social media network bears looking at, in the context of women’s issues. Did you know that Facebook has arguably become the largest online social network in the world?
“Founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. In 2008 Facebook had 100 million users and as of March 2013 has 1.11 Billion. Facebook filed for a $5 billion IPO on Feb. 1, 2012 and valued the company at $104 billion,” according to statisticbrain.com. The number of monthly active Facebook users in 2014 now totals 1,310,000,000 people globally. Forty-eight percent of users login on any given day. On average, Facebook users like me spend 18 minutes every day there. Year-on-year from 2012 to 2013, there was a 22 percent increase in the number of Facebook users. 48% of 18 to 34 year olds who use Facebook check it when they wake up. This is interesting too; 75% of Facebook users are outside the United States. Every 20 minutes on Facebook, 2 million friend requests are sent.
How do women use Facebook: a list
According to Forbes.com in her April 2010 article titled, “What are Men and Women Doing on Facebook,” Jenna Goudreau writes, “ Facebook, the largest social networking tool in the world, is dominated by women.”
“According to BrianSolis.com and Google Ad Planner, the 400-million member site is 57% female and attracts 46 million more female visitors than male visitors per month. Plus, women are more active on Facebook. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says women on Facebook have 8% more friends and participate in 62% of the sharing. ‘The social world is led by women,’ she concludes.”
Is it true? Do women use Facebook differently than men?
Yes. Again, according to Forbes.com’s Goudreau,
“Women are the majority of users on many of the biggest social networking sites, including Twitter, MySpace, Bebo and Flickr. Men, meanwhile, are most active on sites like Digg, YouTube and LinkedIn, which are more content-oriented and promotional than discussion-based.
However, women don’t just visit different sites from men, they use social media differently than men. Experts believe the difference between how men and women operate online mirror their motivations offline. While women often use online social networking tools to make connections and share items from their personal lives, men use them as means to gather information and increase their status.”
In a nod to a great many Facebook users who are also talented writers (what writer would not be drawn to a clever new way to communicate with everyone from your aunt to your elementary school best friend who lives clear across the country?), this quote sums up the use, by both women and men, of Facebook sometimes.
People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson