Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere
By Natasha Lomas
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to expand access to the Internet in emerging markets makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest report by the Pew Research Center — which shows social media use has plateaued across developed markets but continues to rise in the developing world.
In 2015-16, roughly four-in-ten adults across the emerging nations surveyed by Pew said they used social networking sites, and as of 2017, a majority (53%) use social media. Whereas, over the same period, social media use has generally been flat in many of the advanced economies surveyed.
Internet use and smartphone ownership have also stayed level in developed markets over the same period vs rising in emerging economies.
Pew polled more than 40,000 respondents in 37 countries over a roughly three month period in February to May last year for this piece of research.
The results show how developing markets are of clear and vital importance for social behemoth Facebook as a means to eke continued growth out of its primary ~15-year-old platform — plus also for the wider suite of social products it’s acquired around that.
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