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Social Media — A Love-Hate Relationship

Posted By Staff writer, Tuesday, April 9, 2019

We don’t like social media big shots like Twitter and Facebook. Or so says an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. It found a high percentage of us say these sites do nothing positive. In fact, they do more to divide us than they do to unite us. Respondents say the sites spread falsehoods that some try to pass off as legitimate news.

 

The poll also found six in 10 of us — or 60% — don’t trust Facebook to protect vital personal information.

 

Going a step farther, when it comes to the economy, the poll things technology has more positives and benefits than drawbacks. However, half of us want to see the largest technology companies — Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook — broken up.

 

Micah Roberts is a spokesman for the Republican-leaning Public Opinion Strategies. He said, “Social media — and Facebook, in particular — have some serious issues in this poll.” And then he added, “If America was giving social media a Yelp review, a majority would give it zero stars.”

 

When asked if the federal government should break up the largest tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google:

 

  47% said yes

  50% said no

 

Here is how the poll says we view social media:

 

  82% — wastes our time

  15% — say they help us use our time well

  61% — spreads unfair attacks and rumors

  32% — say it holds public figures and corporations accountable

  57% — it divides us

  55% — spreads lies and falsehoods

  Just 35% say these sites do more to bring us together

  Younger respondents to the poll are less likely to say social media divides us than older respondents

 

Here’s how we perceive the technology giants in terms of trust and when it comes to our personal information:

 

  28% don’t trust Amazon

  37% don’t trust Google

  36% view Facebook positively

  33% see it as a negative

  Twitter is 24% positive, 27% negative

  35% don’t trust the federal government

 

When it comes to personal information, and the collecting of personal information, most of us say giving these companies our personal information to pass onto advertisers is not an adequate trade-off for free or for lower priced social media services:

 

  74% say it is not an acceptable trade off

  23% are good with the trade off

 

Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates is a pollster for Democrats. He said “If these were political candidates, it would be one thing. But for companies, you’d think these ratings would be [more] on the positive side.”

 

Here’s more:

 

  69% use social media once a day or more often

  63% pay bills online

  In the last couple of years, 48% have made an effort to limit how often they use their smartphone

  42% have made an effort to limit or stop using social media in the last couple of years

  42% have applied for a job using an online job search site

  33% listen to podcasts to get news and information

  26% have blocked or unfriended someone on Facebook or another social media site because of their political opinions

  26% use a personal assistant device like Alexa or Google Home

  24% have used a ride-sharing app like Uber of Lyft in the last month

  18% have used an online dating app or website

  14% play an online multi-player video game

 

Last question — how old is a child under age of 18 old enough to have their own smartphone:

 

  42% said 15 or older

  40% said 12 to 14

  11% say 11 and younger

 

Source link: NBC News

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