In this day and age, accessing the internet one way or another can almost be taken for granted (finances pending, of course). If we’re not at our computer at work or home, we have a tablet or smartphone by our side where we can chat with friends, check our emails or get the latest news, but what can we learn from our web browsing habits? Social explosion
The proliferation of social media sites – the most popular being Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – has helped to give web users more of an excuse to go online, but they’re not all that popular. A survey about online habits showed that 27.5% of people have yet to use social media sites, but there were more interesting findings about which groups use different social media channels. Facebook and Twitter, the two titans of social media today, are most popular among the 25-34 age brackets, which are also usually most likely to head to social media full stop. Instagram, one of the newer platforms, is most popular among 18-24-year-olds, but surprisingly, so is business networking site LinkedIn, where they actually outnumber older professionals that the site’s aimed at.
Twice as nice with another device?
In growing numbers, many of us are turning to our other devices to watch TV, especially on the go. 47% of people said that they watched TV using a different device – it’s possible to watch it with a laptop or mobile device without experiencing any problems. Many people might choose to watch with a second device while Tweeting along or talking to their friends about what’s on screen. When it comes to getting the latest news, there was a time when it was either just from reading the paper, listening to the radio or watching TV. However, the growth of the internet has massively broadened access to what’s going on in the world. 85% of people said that they get their news online with the BBC website being the source four times more than the Daily Mail, the second most common source.
What was it again?
One of the survey’s more intriguing findings was that 42% of us own up to forgetting our passwords, whether for logging in to the computer itself or to try and access our social media or email accounts. Whatever they’re for, it’s not the hardest thing in the world to forget, especially if you have so many accounts for different sites.