Has the hype about social media turning us all into narcissists, egomaniacs and internet drug-addicts run its course? I doubt it.
A quick search on Google and you’ll find hundreds of articles warning us of the “drug” that is social media.
Some interesting facts:
- Google+ boasts more than 343 million users as of July 2013. (Expanded Ramblings)
- 40 million photos are uploaded to Instagram per day (Instagram)
- Teen Twitter use has grown significantly in 2013: 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011. (Pew Internet Research)
- 1 in 10 young people rejected for a job because of their social profile (ondevice)
- 751 million monthly active Facebook mobile products users (Facebook)
- The Netherlands are most active social network users in Europe (65 percent of all users); the UK is in second place (57 percent of all European social network users). (The Office for National Statistics and Eurostat)
- Health care workers who misuse social media are more likely to not get hired. More than two in five (43 percent) health care hiring managers said information they’ve found caused them not to hire a candidate (CareerBuilder)
- Worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments will grow by 5.9 percent in 2013, while tablet shipments will increase by 67.9 percent. (Gartner)