53%: Social media harmful
With the ever increasing use of social media by young people, we wanted to know if you think social media are helpful or harmful to the social development of today’s youth.
In a Poll Position national telephone survey, 53% of you said social media is harmful, 20% found social media helpful in the social development of youth, 17% said they are not making a difference either way and 11% did not offer an opinion.
Men and women shared similar views on the question with 53% of men and women saying social media are harmful to the social development of young people. Among men, 22% said they are helpful, 17% said they are not making a difference and 9% had no opinion. With women, 18% found social media helpful in the social development of young people, 17% said social media are not making a difference, 13% did not have an opinion.
By a smaller margin than the national average, young people in the 18-29 year old age group found social media more harmful than helpful with 47% choosing harmful versus 35% who found social media helpful to the social development of today’s youth. Sixteen percent said social media is not making a difference and 3% did not offer an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,200 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 13, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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