The Social Media Generation Gap (Infographic)

Recent research on social media use reveals some surprising data on the differences between adults and teenagers.

Recent studies from the Pew Research Center shed some light on how digital-native teenagers use social media, and how their habits compare to adults who remember a time when "Facebook" might have been a visually oriented coffee table book.

This infographic from NextAdvisor shows that while teens do edge out adults in overall social media use, adults tend to be earlier adopters, and actually constitute a greater percentage of users on certain platforms, like Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram.


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