The text below provides some statistics about “gadget-savvy online individuals” under the age of 35 surveyed on behalf of the website Retrevo.com. The first percentage is shocking, the second frightening, the third not a bit surprising and the last, well, what’s the big deal?
The younger crowd is also quite keen on tweeting, texting, and checking Facebook after sex (36%), while driving (40%), while at work (64%), and when on vacation (65%).
via Young Social Mediaphiles: 36% Tweet and Check Facebook After Sex.
It isn’t so much the numbers themselves that are surprising. The survey is, after all, a survey of gadget-savvy people, so one would expect the numbers to be higher than they might in the general population. So that 64% of respondents use these tools at work or on vacation seems reasonable. In fact, it surprises me the number isn’t higher.
Tweeting, texting and Facebook? That’s a lot of tools. Increasingly people use one or more of those tools for work. As for using them on vacation, they are called social networking tools, and socially is how most people started using them. It is their use for business and professional purposes that is new. So why wouldn’t they be used on vacation. I like to be unplugged on vacation sometimes, but that’s because I work online. Many people are thrilled by the possibility of posting their vacation snapshots while on vacation. And , if family members went off to do different things during the day of a family vacation, it can be awfully handy to text them if you want to change the meeting place for dinner.
It’s the social networking after sex thing that boggles the mind. Exactly what message does one post after sex? Does one provide comments or ratings of the experience? Or maybe the texting is just a substitute for the post-coital cigarette–something to do with the hands? The group with this high percentage is under age 35. Maybe some of the respondents are too young to drive, so they are texting someone for a ride? I wonder what percentage post or text during?
That leaves only the driving to talk about. Tell me more please. Where were those numbers highest? Certain states? Cities? Do they drive more at certain times of the day? Do they use highways or byways more? Tell me all you can. ‘Cause I want to do all I can to be OFF THE ROAD whenever and wherever they are!
Survey Results on a Chart
NB: This entry has bee corrected in response to the comment below. (10/13/2009)