By Meredith Gessup,

The dawn of the 21st century has bid farewell to pen and paper communications and opened the door to digital pokes, likes and status updates.

If you don’t know what those terms means, there‘s a good chance you’re now in the minority of Americans who have not logged on to Facebook, the world’s most popular social media website. According to a new national survey, 51 percent of Americans have logged time creating a personal profile on Facebook.

Edison Research reports:

According to the upcoming report from Arbitron, Inc. and Edison Research, The Infinite Dial 2011: Navigating Digital Platforms, more than half of all Americans ages 12 and older are on Facebook. The study, fielded in January of 2011, indicates that 51% of all adults 12+ have profiles on this dominant site.
We have been tracking the growth of Facebook since 2008, and have watched it go from 8% usage just three years ago, to 51% today. In our presentation on April 5th you will also see the remarkable year-over-year growth of Facebook users especially among people over age 35, trends on frequency of usage, and the uptake of social networking on mobile phones.

In the few years its been around, Facebook has changed the way people around the world interact. It’s one of the only places you can be “friends” with people you haven’t spoken to in years — and many you’ve never even met.

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