Social Media Survey

A convenience sample survey of online email, social media, and online storage preferences was administered to 80 students in MS 150 Statistics at the College of Micronesia-FSM.

Site Sp 09 Fa 09 Sp 10 Fa 10 Sp 11 Fa 11 Sp 12 Fa 12 Sp 13
FaceBook 0 9 12 46 62 54 70 70 78
Google+





0 32 28
Bebo 17 41 27 37 42 20 19 25 10
MySpace 32 45 33 33 45 29 31 23 26
Twitter




2 7 11 11
Other 8 16 26 25 16 12 10 9 2
LinkedIn





0 6 6
None 9 13 10 8 8 4 3 0 1
Sample size n 54 74 58 66 72 61 73 72 80

Number of students with membership in the listed site by term Note that the columns do not add to the sample size as students can have multiple memberships.

Percentage of students with membership in the listed site by term 

FaceBook continued its dominant position among students in MS 150 statistics at the college, with 78 of 80 students having a membership in FaceBook. Of the 80 students, only one student listed no social media membership.

FaceBook remains the place to be to communicate with students. FaceBook is a "first checked" web site for 47 of the 80 students. For 11 students COM-FSM WebMail is their "first checked" web site. When in a hurry, the average student will grab a look at FaceBook ahead of their college email. Communicating with students means communicating in FaceBook space.

Spring 2012 no student named Google+ in their responses. By fall 2012 thirty-two students listed Google+ membership. Google+ had seen the strongest relative growth among the social media sites used by students who are now enrolled in the statistics class. The downturn in Google+ membership this term is not statistically significant. 


The number of FaceBook friends is plotted as box plots above. The medians for the three terms are 210, 200, 300, and 333.  The average has risen even more strongly from 202 in fall 2011 to 216 in spring 2012, 361 in fall 2012, and 462 spring 2013. The numbers of friends per student appear to be increasing, and the number of students with over 1000 friends is also increasing. Students are ever more networked.

Social media remains a prime mover of social communication for the students, at least based on the students in statistics class this fall. The numbers of friends to which they connect is increasing.

This term the survey also explored the extent to which students use online "cloud" storage. The following table is based on the same survey of 80 statistics students.

Storage Sp 13
Google drive 12
DropBox 8
Apple iCloud 7
Amazon cloud 7


Although the numbers are small, there are students who use online cloud storage.

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