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Selector: Maria Nuccilli, Brittany Hill, and Emily Brush

"Social media spark a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratization of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change." - Brian Solis

Identity & Social Behavior

Digital Communities

The Effects of Social Media

Pew Research Center Statistics

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Social Media Update 2016

A national survey of 1,520 adults conducted March 7-April 4, 2016, finds that Facebook continues to be America’s most popular social networking platform by a substantial margin: Nearly eight-in-ten online Americans 1 (79%) now use Facebook, more than double the share that uses Twitter (24%), Pinterest (31%), Instagram (32%) or LinkedIn (29%).

The Political Environment on Social Media

The Political Environment on Social Media

Some users enjoy the opportunities for political debate and engagement that social media facilitates, but many more express resignation, frustration over the tone and content of social platforms.

Social Media Conversations About Race

Social Media Conversations About Race

Some researchers and activists credit social media – in particular, Black Twitter – with propelling racially focused issues to greater national attention.

Social Media and the Workplace

Social Media and the Workplace

New platforms can be tools for connection with colleagues and outside experts, but can also serve as distractions while on the job.

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

For women, awareness about stressful events in others’ lives was also likely to be related to sharing pictures online, use of Pinterest and Twitter. For men, awareness was particularly likely to be related to email, LinkedIn and text messaging on their cellphone.

News & Information in the Digital Age

Politics & Social Movements

Privacy & Ethics