Social Media Plays Positive Role in American Lives According to Infographic

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As negative reports about social media habits continue to arise in the media, many people seem to overlook the benefits sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have on American lives. A new infographic takes a look at a Pew Internet study that investigated how and why Americans use social media.

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It’s fascinating to see exactly what activities Americans are using these sites for, like job searches., a definitive digital resource for education, today launched “Why Social Media Isn’t a Waste of Time” a look at what Americans get out of using social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. While many people are wary about joining these sites – especially when applying for jobs or colleges, they sometimes fail to see the advantages of posting a photo or a digital resume online. The new infographic highlights social media statistics from 2011, including the fact that 41 percent of the 2011 college graduates used social media in their job search, and that 71 percent expect employers will look at social profiles.

“Internet users know and love their social media sites,” said Seth Restaino, spokesperson. “However, it’s fascinating to see exactly what activities Americans are using these sites for, like job searches.”

As the infographic reports, nearly four out of five Americans visit social networks and blogs today, and more time is spent on Facebook than any other United States website. It’s on this platform that users shared a number of articles and stories, including the heart-wrenching “Dog mourns death of Navy SEAL at funeral” and “No, your zodiac sign hasn’t changed.”

“People typically think of social profiles as the place where users post a lot of personal information,” said Restaino. “But our research found that people love to share content on social sites – especially meaningful stories, as well as stay in touch with friends and family members through pictures, wall posts, messages and so on.”

For more information about how social media affects users, including how it can help, and hurt, professional prospects, follow @schoolsedu on Twitter and Facebook.

About is a definitive source for education, connecting students and prospective students with the right information, people and schools to help them advance in life. Featuring in-depth sections with faculty interviews, campus tours and national education news, the site aims to be a hub for higher education topics and trends. is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit


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