When Twitter came out, we were lead to believe it would be an incredible communication tool, allowing people from all over the world to share ideas and information in mere seconds. However, Americans have historically been navel-gazing assholes, and Twitter has just given us a new way to blather nonstop about our daily activities without taking a second to be aware of what is going on around us. And while we're sure those pictures of your cat are adorable, a new study shows that no one cares.
According to a study from the Pew Research Center, only 24% of American Twitter users check for material posted by others multiple times a day. 12% check once a day, 20% check less often than one every few weeks, and 21% never check for other material. However, only 8% of American Internet users are on Twitter, surprisingly low considering how many people we see at concerts spending the whole time updating their experiences into the void. That could be because 11% of Twitter users are urban and 14% are between the ages of 18 and 29.
Another 72% of users say they post updates related to their personal life, 62% said they update about work life, and 53% "retweet" material posted by others. But if someone tweets and nobody reads it, did it even happen? To make sure everyone really knows what's going on in your life, we suggest this more analog approach.