Guest post by Mary Mathes, Alpha-Diver.
The term “social media” implies connecting with others, socializing and sharing. While this is a reason one may engage with social media, from its earliest days other motives have driven users to partake. Our research among 4,000 US respondents ages 18-75 reveals that out of 10 social media platforms, only Facebook is primarily associated with serving social connection.
There are four core motivations for engaging with social platforms. In short, the reasons people use social media: 1) learn and find information, 2) connect with others and/or tap into recommendations, 3) explore, escape, or 4) brag about accomplishments, possessions, and show off their life.
A scroll through your feed will reveal examples: