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Social media use continues to rise


facebook1People spent more time online in June using social networking websites than playing games, checking email or using web portals, according to Neilsen Internet research.facebook1

The latest numbers from Neilsen show Internet users spent 23 percent of their time using social networking websites, such at Twitter, Facebook and linkedIn.

That’s a seven percentage point increase compared to June of Last year.

Online gaming came in second with a significant jump, accounting for 10 percent of user’s time online. However, many online games, such as Farmville, are linked to social networking sites.

Surprisingly, less people are spending time sending emails online. Email accounted for 8.3 percent of user’s time.

Web portals, such as and only accounted for 4.4 percent of user’s time spent online.


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Other categories, such as shopping online and random searches went unchanged; however, watching videos online rose from 3.5 percent to 3.9 percent from June 2009 to June 2010.

The numbers show people are spending more time on social playing games and communicating with friends using social networking websites.

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