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Social Networking Sites
May 5, 2008, 6:36 pm
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Social networking sites – Latest Trends and Tudes Newsletter


Media’s so very social for college kids
March 26, 2008, 3:42 pm
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 Interesting read!!
It extends beyond social networking sites to TVSocializing has been a major part of college life since the first kegger, and now hanging out with friends is even seeping into students’ media usage. A new quarterly pop culture survey from Youth Trends, the Ramsey, N.J., research firm, finds that among college kids, social media of all sorts are hot. Social networking, of course, has long been a college pastime, but the trend is also being seen across other media. The rising video games are those that can be played by multiple participants, like “Guitar Hero,” and Youth Trends reports that viewing parties are popular for top shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost.” Youth Trends found that college kids spend about 37 hours per week in total with media, with the web leading the way at nearly 13 hours per week just for entertainment, not counting academic pursuits. Josh Weil, co-founder and partner at Youth Trends, talks to Media Life about the rise of Facebook, the decline of MySpace, and why TV viewing may never catch on cell phones.

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Most Important Relationship
March 19, 2008, 3:31 pm
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Below is an excerpt from a post on Barna.

Adults are clearly most focused on their family in terms of important relationships. Overall, seven out of ten adults mentioned family or family members as their most significant connection. One-third said their entire nuclear family is tops, while one-quarter (22%) named their spouse and one-sixth (17%) identified their children. (An additional 3% mentioned their parents as their key relationship.)

The only other relationship mentioned by at least 3% was various iterations of people’s deity. God, Jesus Christ, Allah, and the Trinity were among the names listed by one out of every five adults (19%).

Surprisingly, just 2% of adults said a specific friend represented their most important personal relationship.

Among the related findings were:

  1. The people most likely to list God were 40 or older.
  2. Political conservatives were almost three times as likely as political liberals to identify God as their most important relationship (33% vs. 12%, respectively).
  3. People in the Midwest were only half as likely as residents of the West and Northeast to say their children are their most important relationship.
  4. The only subgroup for which at least one-third said God was their most significant relationship was evangelicals, among whom 70% listed God.
  5. Thirty percent of Protestants listed God as their most important connection. In contrast, just 9% of Catholics did so.
  6. Blacks were about twice as likely as all other Americans to describe their bond with God as their most important relationship.
  7. Women were nearly twice as likely as men to list their children as their most important relationship.

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