Facebook is College Students' GoTo
Among seven leading social networking sites ranked by college students in the Anderson Analytics 2009-2010 GenX2Z American College Student Survey conducted this fall, Facebook was viewed as "cool" by 82% of males and 90% of females. All other SNS' were deemed "lame" by significant percentages of both male and female collegiate users. MySpace' the granddaddy of SNS'' was considered "lame" by the largest (31%) portion of college students.
Facebook not only topped the SNS landscape, it overtook Google as the number one most popular website among both genders of college students surveyed.
Tom H.C. Anderson, managing partner of Anderson Analytics, noted that "Once a trend goes mainstream, it often... loses its ‘cool' factor among young people, and they move on to the next big thing... (the) data indicate this is not the case with Facebook."
In an equally important development, the study found college students of both genders are participating less in blogs (down 5%), and discussion boards (down 8%) from 2008. These results bode well for microblogging sites like Twitter, says the report, whose growth has flattened over the past few months.
"With its increasing variety of applications and flexibility, Facebook is delivering one-stop shopping... (in a) hyper-fragmented digital universe... (it) is becoming more of a hub than just a social networking site - almost a mass medium... " opined Anderson.
Among findings and predictions in the report:
- 70% of college students said they had watched either an entire television episode or full-length movie online
- The streaming media website, Hulu.com, ranked among students' ten most popular websites
- Family Guy topped the list of favorite TV shows among college-aged males
- More than 800,000 users have joined the fan page for the show's character, Brian the dog
- Coca-Cola and McDonald's ranked first in their categories between both genders surveyed
- Coke Facebook fans outnumbered Pepsi fans by approximately 20 to one
Anderson concludes that "... Given the accelerated pace of technological advancement and changes in the way we communicate, it's impossible to predict the future... But if the preferences of today's college students are any indication, Facebook is here to stay..."
The findings reported in this release of the Anderson Analytics GenX2Z American College Student Survey, based on the most recent study conducted in the fall semester 2009, provides a confidence level of +/-3.1% at the 95% confidence level.
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