Difference between rural and urban social media use

Do rural users of social media have fewer social media friends? And do those friends live closer than the friends of urban social media users? And who’s the biggest users, men or women?

I just read an interesting article in the Daily Yonder (The New Party Line is Crackling) about how people in rural areas use social media and these things came up. Apparently there was a study of 3000 rural and urban MySpace users (MySpace was bigger than Facebook at the time they started the study) and the researchers found that rural folks had fewer MySpace friends, they lived nearer to those friends and women were more likely users than men. The report came out in 2008.

I was wondering if the same would be true today and/or true in and around MN. I don’t have time to pore over 3000 MySPace or Facebook pages but I thought I’d create a survey and see if folks wouldn’t mind taking it: http://tinyurl.com/m9ydn7

It’s 16 questions – but they are quick, especially if you either don’t use social media or you happen to have your profiles open. (I’ll report on results after Labor Day – so please feel free to get others to take the survey.)


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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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