Study: Avid Facebook users have more close relationships

A new Pew report says nearly half of all adults in the U.S. use social networking sites, almost twice the percentage in 2008. The offline traits of these users may surprise you.

A new Pew Internet report, released June 16, found that 47 percent of all U.S. adults use a social networking site. That’s nearly double the percentage of users from 2008, when only 26 percent of adults used an online network.

Facebook dominates the list of most-used sites, with 92 percent of respondents naming it their social network of choice. MySpace (29 percent), LinkedIn (18 percent), and Twitter (13 percent) round out the top four.

Even though Twitter ranks fourth, it has the second-most active members, after Facebook. The study said that 52 percent of Facebook users and 33 percent of Twitter users interact with the sites daily.

Though the Internet may seem like an escape from the real world, the study found that Facebook users tend to have closer relationships and stronger emotional support than Americans who don’t spend their day “liking” status updates.

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