American Twitter users are younger, wealthier, and far more liberal than the rest of the U.S. population, a new study has found. Social networks are meant to provide a platform for the general public to share their views and discuss trending topics but according to new data from the Pew Research Center, there is a great divide between Twitter users and the rest of the U.S. population.
In fact, it seems as if just the top 10 percent of active users account for about 80 percent of all tweets fired off by American adults. The minority are dominating the social media platform, and this can be seen in trends reflected by the recent Pew Research survey.
To arrive at these findings, nearly 3000 American adult Twitter users participated in the study. They were then split up into two groups: the top 10 percent of most active users and the bottom 90 percent, The Atlantic noted.
The less active group hardly ever tweeted and had a very small following while the top 10 percent proved to be far more influential. Most used Twitter more than once a day and were most likely to share posts with political themes.
Furthermore, the Twitter users in the dominant 10 percent group were statistically younger and more likely to identify as Democrats, according to The Atlantic. They were also wealthier than the general U.S. population, with reported incomes of over $75,000. These Twitter users also had differing opinions to the rest of the population on notable social issues such as immigration, The Pew Research Center noted.
The survey shows, while media personalities, politicians, and the general public turn to social networks for real-time information and reactions to current news, the voices that represent Twitter are not an accurate reflection of the rest of the U.S. population.
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