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Which country loves social media the most?
According to the Pew Research Center, 74 percent of Americans use some sort of social media platform, with 71 percent of adults in the U.S. using at least Facebook. Other sites like Twitter and Instagram, however, are used by less than 30 percent of people in the U.S. For anyone surfing social media, taking a break to take paid surveys is a great way to make money from home.
Social media comes in many flavors, but a survey of Internet use conducted by Smart Insights revealed that the U.S. lags behind other countries in terms of the percentage of people who actively maintain a social media profile. In fact, for the most popular sites, the U.S. can't keep up.
According to Business Insider, Facebook is the world's most visited website. What started as a way for college friends to keep in touch has exploded into an important tool for communication and sharing. Millions upon millions of people use the site around the world, but Smart Insights found that the U.S. doesn't even come close when it comes to a love for Facebook.
Worldwide, roughly 80 percent of Internet users have a Facebook account, but just over 40 percent actively use the site. Despite high rates of Americans with profiles, other countries around the world are much more active on Facebook.
Right around 70 percent of Americans have visited or used Facebook in the past month, according to an online survey conducted by Smart Insights. That puts the U.S. 21st on the global list of top users. Canada ranks slightly higher on the list at 18th place.
Countries like Spain, Singapore and Brazil all rank ahead of the U.S., but even they haven't cracked the top 5 in terms of active Facebook use.
Roughly 90 percent of respondents in Argentina and Vietnam reported using the site in the past month, putting those countries at 4th and 5th in the survey. Turkey was ranked third, just behind Mexico, while the Philippines was found to have the most prolific Facebook use.
Smart Insights also surveyed how often people around the world used YouTube, and surprisingly enough, the same five countries that had the most Facebook activity also saw the highest rates of visits to YouTube.
Mexico was found to have the highest proportion of people actively using YouTube, with close to 95 percent of Internet users visiting the site within a month of the survey. Argentina and Vietnam were the next two countries on the list, followed by Turkey and the Philippines.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans in the survey reported using YouTube in the past month, but the U.S. still ranked 24th worldwide. Once again, Canada did slightly better than the U.S., coming in 22nd on the list.
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Twitter use was a little lower overall than for the other platforms, and the top 5 countries in terms of active Twitter use were Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India and the Philippines. Again, barely 30 percent of Americans frequently use the site, though the U.S. was still 18th on the list.