US Twitter users are younger, richer, educated — and talking to themselves

If you’ve ever felt like Twitter is just a few unusual echo chamber for journalists, activists and politicos to be tweeting in outrage at one factor or one other, that’s most likely as a result of it sort of is, a new examine signifies.

A Pew Research Center evaluation discovered that US Twitter users are youthful, richer, extra educated and extra left-leaning than the final inhabitants — and probably the most energetic amongst them, 65 % of whom are ladies, occur to tweet lots about politics.

The examine additionally discovered {that a} beautiful 90 % of all Twitter users don’t tweet a lot in any respect — and 80 % of the content material on the micro-blogging platform is posted by the opposite 10 %. So, a comparatively tiny few actually are doing all of the tweeting.

Pew mentioned that 22 % of US adults use Twitter, a lot lower than the almost 70 % who use Facebook. The median age of Twitter users is 40 — seven years youthful than the inhabitants general.

The evaluation additionally has a solution for why you may appear to be usually bumping into individuals who look suspiciously troll-like and have just a few followers. It’s as a result of the median Twitter person posts solely two tweets per 30 days and has solely 25 followers.

Some 42 % of users have no less than a bachelor’s diploma, in contrast with 31 % of the inhabitants general — and 41 % had family earnings over $75,000, in contrast with 32 % for the final inhabitants.

Only 21 % surveyed for the examine mentioned they recognized with the Republican Party, with a smaller 14 % saying their political beliefs have been “very conservative.” In distinction, 36 % mentioned they recognized with the Democratic Party.

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