How Social Media Is a Lot Like Sex [DATA] #socialsmushing

by Pamela Vaughan

Date

November 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Let's talk about sex ... and social media. Yeah. You heard us right. As it turns out, social media is a whole lot like sex. Not convinced? Check out our new slide deck below, which you can also find on SlideShare here. The similarities are really quite striking.

Have a look, and feel free to tweet the deck (#socialsmushing) or share it on Facebook. And hey, don't feel awkward ... everybody's doing it (in more ways than one).

(Disclaimer: This slideshow contains imagery and content that may be sensitive to some viewers. Just a heads up.)

22 Social-Sexy Stats for the Sharing

Want to share some of the stats you saw in the deck? We've made it easier for you with the tweetable links below:

1) 83% of 18-29 year olds are active in social media. Tweet This (Source)

2) 70% of people ages 30-49 are active in social media. Tweet This (Source)

3) 51% of people who are 50+ are active in social media. Tweet This (Source)

4) Social networks reach 82% of the world's internet users. Tweet This (Source)

5) 700,000 new Facebook accounts are created every day. Tweet This (Source)

6) Every 60 seconds, 66,000 things are shared on Twitter, 695,000 things are shared on Facebook, and 7,000 things are shared on LinkedIn. Tweet This (Source)

7) A whopping 7 billion things are shared in social media each week. Tweet This (Source)

8) In October 2012, internet users spent 6.7 billion hours on social networking. Tweet This (Source)

9) The average person spends 7 hours, 45 minutes on Facebook per month. Tweet This (Source)

10) The average person has sex 57 times per year. Tweet This (Source)

11) 70% of men and 34% of women think about sex every day. Tweet This (Source)

12) A study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business revealed that social networking is harder to resist than sex. Tweet This (Source)

13) 62% of people share personal news in social media. Tweet This (Source)

14) 56% of people use social media to spy on the competition. Tweet This (Source)

15) 16% of people use social media to make a date. Tweet This (Source)

16) 84% of people use social media to maintain long distance relationships. Tweet This (Source)

17) 91% of marketers see improved website traffic due to social media. Tweet This (Source)

18) 79% of marketers using social media are generating more quality leads than marketers who don't. Tweet This (Source)

21) Social media and blogs reach 80% of all U.S. internet users. Tweet This (Source)

22) 50% of businesses have successfully connected with new customers on social networks. Tweet This (Source)

How else do you think social media is like sex? (Did I really just ask that? Let's not get too X-rated in the comments, folks.)

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