Is social media starting to imitate real life? Recently, the BBC reported that 90% of US traffic on Pinterest are white, and that Tumblr had a higher than average percentage of Asian American users.
On the other hand, the Hispanic and African American population combined claim 30% of Twitter’s user base — which makes sense considering that the actual population of the United States has somewhat similar statistics.
“The Internet mirrors and magnifies everyday life. All of the divisions that exist in every day life, including those by race and class, actually re-emerge online,” Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd said.
So the question emerges — is social media replicating real life populations in the United States? Or are certain races clinging to certain types of social media?