The 2012 Social Media Report – environmental implications

  • A new report by Nielson investigates the last 12 months of social media usage across the globe and has a wealth of interesting insights about how we are interacting with the technology. Some brief insights include:
  • In Europe, 38% of people said they interact with social media whilst watching TV. Interestingly, recent research from Becker shows that multitasking with two-screens at once is significantly linked to anxiety and depression. Further research is needed to understand whether techno-multitasking is the cause of this depression or vice versa.
  • 47% of those asked said they participated in social media feedback to brands, with one in three social media users preferring social media feedback to telephone feedback.
  • 51% of people use social media at work, which both raises concerns and hopes for productivity. In an increasingly connected world, social media helps individuals to keep abreast of new developments, yet may be both a security and distraction concern for employers.
  • It appears we are becoming increasingly connected at ALL times – nearly a third of people aged 18-24 use social media in the bathroom!

Implications and next steps: The nature of social media use is constantly changing and keeping abreast of these changes may allow this communication medium to be used most effectively to interact with the public.

For more information, visit: Tech News Daily;, Nielson:, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking:

About Hayley Shaw

Knowledge Exchange Manager at Cranfield University's Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF). Sharing the latest news from Cranfield, and insights from across the industry. All things risk, environment, and the future.
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