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Boomers and Gen Y

May 31, 2009

An interesting look at who is using Social Networking.


Social Networking Demographics: Boomers Jump In, Gen Y Plateaus

Micro Persuasion

Steve Rubel

Monday, March 23, 2009

There’s a common misperception out there that all of the blogging, Twittering and Facebooking is being done by twenty and thirty-somethings. That, in fact, turns out not to be true. Baby Boomers (those born 1946-1964) are the fastest growing users of social networking sites and are also increasingly reading blogs too. Meanwhile, Gen Y interest in these services has plateaued. This all according to the latest Consumer Electronics Usage Survey from Accenture. Accenture According to the study, baby boomers…

* Increased reading blogs and listening to podcasts by 67 percent year over year; nearly 80 times faster than Gen Y (1 percent)

* Posted a 59 percent increase in using social networking sites—more than 30 times faster than Gen Y (2 percent) * Increased watching/posting videos on the Internet by 35 percent—while Gen Y usage decreased slightly (-2 percent)

* Accelerated playing video games on the go via mobile devices by 52 percent— 20 times faster than Gen Y (2 percent) * Increased listening to music on an iPod or other portable music player by 49 percent—more than four times faster than Gen Y (12 percent)

Meanwhile, Gen Y…

* Participation slipped in virtual worlds from 23 percent to 19 percent

* Consumed no more video online than they did last year

* Blogged and contributed to wikis less (it’s down from 35 to 33 percent) The baby boomer results don’t surprise me. What does jump out at me is how the most technologically savvy generation we have seen to date is slowing their adoption…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob permalink
    June 1, 2009 4:13 pm

    Though Rubel might be surprised by Gen Y’s slowing of adoption of Social Networking services, I’m certainly not. As a Gen Y-er, I for one am over it. When Facebook and Twitter were the new, cool thing, I was all about it…but now that my parents and friends parents are on Facebook…no thank you!

  2. dialoguefringe permalink*
    June 1, 2009 9:00 pm

    I wonder how many people are running away from Facebook now that their parents are “friend-ing” them? Do you think Gen-Y may also be leaving because these services are just not delivering on what they promised to be?
    Thanks for the posting.


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