Growth of Social Networking

In early 2005 less than 10% of American adult internet users participated in social networking.  By late 2013 the number had risen to 72%.  These statistics and the chart at right come from Pew Research survey data. So What? A few key matters stand out to me as I review this data: the younger the internet user the higher the likelihood of participating in social networking, roughly half of those aged 65+ now use social networks, and ten years ago the usage rates were so low Pew Read More …

Most Seniors Now Online

It's official: most American adults age 65 or older are now online.  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project those age 65 and older are online more now than ever before: 53% use the internet or email (April 2012) 34% use social networking & 18% do so on a typical day (February 2012) So What? While usage rates are higher among the younger the population, the percentage of those in older age cohorts using the internet has continued to increase.  Another Pew Read More …

Review of Viral

Meet the Author Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Drew University and visiting distinguished professor of Evangelism at George Fox University, was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America, and continues to write and speak prophetically about the church.  An ordained United Methodist pastor, Sweet has authored over 20 books and 600 articles, and is perhaps best known for his forward thinking ideas about the church.  For more information, check Read More …

Internet Technologies for Discipleship

Kelly Walsh, Chief Information Officer at the College of Westchester and seasoned IT professional, recently updated his list of ten internet technologies about which educators should be informed.  Walsh's current list has changed dramatically, including only five items from his original list.  The new list, in order, follows: video and podcasting resources, digital presentation tools, collaboration and brainstorming tools, blogs and blogging, social networking tools, lecture capture, student Read More …

Social Media Interaction with Students

Earlier this week Slant33, a part of Barefoot Ministries, posted the responses of three youth ministry experts to the question: "Where do you draw the line on social media interaction with students? Why?"  The responses vary widely: D. Scott Miller, director of the Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, has a personal policy to never friend anyone under the age of eighteen on Facebook.  Additionally, he believes this is the best policy for all Read More …

Teens & Social Networking

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released "Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites" last week.  Educators, parents, and those who work with teens in any capacity should consider the report a must read (click here to access the full 86 page report).  It reviews the multi-stage research that began in December 2010 with a meeting of experts to help refine the project, continued with focus groups of middle and high school students in January and February of 2011, and concluded Read More …

American Congregations Are Weaker

Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor, recently wrote about the experiences of American faith communities during the first decade of the new millennium.   His article focuses on The Hartford Institute for Religion Research recently released report titled "A Decade of Change in American Congregations, 2000 – 2010," which was authored by David A. Roozen.  Among the findings: Forty-seven percent of congregations that said their worship experience was "innovative and contemporary" reported Read More …

Facebook Users Are . . .

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released Social Networking Sites and our Lives, which is a report based on the findings of a survey on Americans' use of the internet conducted from October 20 to November 28, 2010 with a sample of 2,255 adults, age 18 and older who were contacted via both landline and cellular phones.  The research supports the commonly held view that Facebook is currently the dominant social networking option with some 750 million Read More …

Social Networking Users Double in 2 Years

 The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project recently released Social Networking Sites and our Lives, which is a report based on the findings of a survey on Americans' use of the internet conducted from October 20 to November 28, 2010 with a sample of 2,255 adults, age 18 and older who were contacted via both landline and cellular phones.  The research shows: "The number of those using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and the population of SNS users has Read More …

74% Growth in Social Networking

Yesterday, I blogged about the generational differences in online activity according to the latest research by the Pew Research Center.  Today, I look more closely at the rapid growth in one specific category of online activity: social networking.  In just eighteen months, the percentage of adults who use social networking sites has risen 74%.  The graphic below shows the rates of increase by generation, which range from a high of 377% for older boomers to a low of 24% for millenials. So Read More …