Only 15% of US adults say they are not a member of any social networks, finds YouGov in a newly-released survey, with this figure higher among men (18%) than women (12%). Consistent with most research on the topic, women lead men in stated adoption of most social networks, with LinkedIn and Google+ the exceptions among the larger platforms.
The data comes from a screening question in a survey about how social media users react to certain types of posts (such as racist, political, and sexist ones). The survey was fielded online from December 19-22, 2014 among 2,341 adults (18+), with the figures weighted to be representative of all US adults.
The results show that, as expected, Facebook is still by far the largest social network, with three-quarters of adults (80% of women, 70% of men) reporting being members. The second-tier, by penetration, consists of Twitter (31%), Google+ (29%) and LinkedIn (28%). While men and women reported roughly equal use of Twitter, men were slightly ahead in Google+ use (31% vs. 28%), with the gap larger on LinkedIn (30% vs. 25%).
Rounding out the top 5 is Pinterest, with 18% stated adoption (28% among women; 9% among men), followed by the fast-growing Instagram (13%). While Instagram recently said it passed 300 million monthly active users (which would be more than Twitter’s total), its audience leans more heavily towards teens (excluded from the YouGov survey) and it also has a strong international base (also excluded from the YouGov survey).
On an age basis, the YouGov survey results indicate that:
Finally, when looking at race and ethnicity, the results reveal that:
[Editor’s Note: For an alternative perspective on the demographics of the 5 largest social networks, see MarketingCharts’ Debrief, US Media Audience Demographics, which uses comScore unique visitor data to show the highest-indexing audiences by age, household income and race/ethnicity. The report also contains data – from Experian Marketing Services – illustrating the audience breakdowns of several other major media channels.]
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