The Number of Adults Who Use Online Social Networking Sites Is Skyrocketing

Teens outrank adults in the use of social networking sites by 30%.  But the popularity of social networking sites is not limited to teenagers.  Currently, one-third of adults in the U.S. have a profile at a site like MySpace or Facebook.  And this number is rising.  In fact, the number of adults who utilize these sites has quadrupled since 2005, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s December 2008 tracking survey.


What are the consequences of this skyrocketing use?   They can only be imagined.  As we’ve posted about previously, employers are taking a hard line when they discover what they consider unacceptable conduct by employees.  With more and more adults spending time on sites like Facebook and its more “grown-up” cousin, LinkedIn, it seems inevitable that there will be more and more terminations resulting to online conduct.

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