In the debate over social media addiction, Twitter might prove to be even more tempting than Facebook, especially for younger generations.
According to a survey by the consumer electronics shopping site Retrevo, 39% of Twitter users under the age of 35 check their site more than 10 time a day. That’s in comparison to 27% of Facebook users of the same age who check in more than 10 times a day.
Perhaps the large numbers are due to the ever-increasing accessibility of social media sites. Almost 50% of consumers under 35 preferred using their smart phones or other mobile devices to check their sites versus a desktop or laptop computer.
The ability to update social media through mobile devices has led to some pretty interesting trends of update locations. Of those under 35, 65% of users check their social media while on vacation, 64% while at work, and even 30% are distracted with Twitter and Facebook while on dates.
One of the most surprising trends? 36% of users under 35 update their social media after sex. Men are twice as likely as women to check in after the deed, as are iPhone owners over Blackberry owners.
While the study may not prove that social media has become addictive, it sure has given insight into new user behaviors. So if you want to break that cigarette addiction after sex, reach for your cell phone instead. Just leave out the juicy details.
What is your reaction? Do you spend more time on Twitter than Facebook, and do you think either could be addictive? What’s the strangest place you’ve ever updated you sites?