Parents also have an active social media live, finds a new Pew report, with the majority of them asking for social support or answering posts on parenting.
Social media is becoming a constant forum for maintaining relations, receiving information and sharing more or less personal topics or likes and dislikes.
Juggling family-life is part of the topics present on Facebook as well. The Pew report looked at parents (with children under the age of 18) to understand social media interaction dynamics for this group. 83 percent of parents surveyed for the report are social media users. And the majority turn to this resource for support or information on certain topics, mostly connected to parenting.
Not surprisingly, mothers are more actively present on social media than fathers, and are more likely to offer support to others, receive support, comment on good and bad news alike.
As such, the Pew report found that a total of 81 percent of parents present on social media will at least try to respond to the good news that their network-sharing peers post, with 53 percent of mothers and 33 percent of fathers agreeing.
Another data set of the Pew report indicates that 74 percent of the parents connected on social media have received support from their friends. 45 percent of mothers would agree this happened, with only 22 percent of fathers.
Support extends to bad news. When a contact on social media posts bad news, 58 percent of parents try to answer to the post in support. Only 21 percent of fathers agree they do so, with 31 percent of mothers stating they try to answer to bad news as well as good ones.
Overall, mothers are by far more active on their social media. 37 percent stated that they frequently check Facebook, while only 20 percent of the fathers admitted to doing so. Nonetheless, 75 percent of parents are connected daily on social media.
The Pew report also looked at the type of relations parents maintain on social media they are subscribed to. The majority of parents on Facebook have among their friends a number of relatives, excluding parents and children. This group amounts to 93 percent.
Then, 44 percent of parents are also befriended their children, and 53 percent their parents. 88 percent friended their real-life friends, with another 88 percent being friends with people from their past.
Work colleagues are found to be befriended by only 60 percent of parents, 41 percent reported being connected with their neighbors on social media, and another 41 percent with persons they do not know personally.
Facebook is not the only social media parents are active on. While mothers and fathers alike use social media equally, their preferences differ, as do the relations they create withing the social media of their choice.
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