The Social Media Effect: The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up

Guess what’s the first thing babes do in the morning these days before they put on their make up, brush their teeth, and shower?

According to a new recent study by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research, over one-third of the babes aged 18-34 including the Washingtonian babes check Facebook when they first wake up, even before they do through their old traditional routine.

The study sampled the habits of less than 2,000 adults using social media between May and June of this year in an attempt to break down their social media habits. Some of the results are simply shocking:

  • 21% of women age 18-34 check Facebook in the middle of the night
  • 63% use Facebook as a networking tool
  • 42% think it’s okay to post photos of themselves intoxicated
  • 79% are fine with kissing in photos
  • 58% use Facebook to keep tabs on “frenemies”
  • 50% are fine with being Facebook friends with complete strangers
  • 57% say they talk to people online more than face-to-face
  • 39% of them proclaim themselves Facebook addicts
  • 50% of women believe that it’s just fine to date people they’ve met on Facebook, compared to 65% of men
  • 6% of women use it to “hook up” (20% of men do the same)
  • 49% of women believe it’s fine to keep tabs on a boyfriend by having access to his accounts (42% of men think the same way)
  • 9% of women have broken up their relationships via Facebook, as compared to a full 24% of men
  • 54% of 18-24 year old women do not trust Facebook with their private information
  • 89% agree that “you should never put anything on Facebook that you don’t want your parents to see.” That seems contradictory to the 42% that think it’s fine to post pictures of themselves drunk.

I think it’s deeply worrying that 50% are fine with being Facebook friends with complete strangers. It’s not friendly, it’s stupid. If you get a friend request from someone you don’t know, you should either send them a message asking how you are friends or reject them! If you don’t know them it’s not rude of you, it’s arrogant of them to ‘request’ your friendship.

Maybe someone else can clarify this for me…It seems that some people are competing against each other for the most friends. If lots of people are doing this, maybe it explains some of the above statistics. I get irritated if I get a friend request from someone I have only met once before. Where do you draw the line?

If such a trend continues, time to come up with the replacement for the song in this clip from my best friend’s wedding 🙂

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

One Response to The Social Media Effect: The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up

  1. jaimeaellis says:

    While most of the “friends” on my Facebook are actual “friends” I have requested or added others that I barely know or don’t know at all. And there are reasons I and many others do that. Like LinkedIn, facebook is a great networking tool that allows you to connect with people all over the world giving you access to resources most never would have had otherwise. Whether you’re an activist, an entrepreneur, or an artist, Facebook is currently one of the best platforms to find connection and community that many would not be able to find in their own community. It has also become a way to evaluate and get to know potential offline friends. Of course, if you’re going to connect with people you hardly know you must be smart about it. I would suggest not telling people where you live or arranging to meet them in dark alleyways. But, I’m pretty sure I would suggest the same to anyone meeting new people in the real world as well.

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