The study also found that the percentage of this group that publishes blogs doubled in the last year, up from 5% last year, to 10% now.
Graeme Hutton, senior vice president-director of consumer insights at UM, gives his theory on the increased publishing and reading of blogs among this group:
We think that's do to the increased use of social networking, and blogs are an integral part of using them. Two years ago, asking people about blogs, people were shaking their heads. I think now it's taking off because social networks are taking off. RSS feeds, which make reading blogs easier, have become an integral part of the way people communicate and exchange content. People may have been doing it before, but may not have realized it. Now they're recognizing it for what it is.
Not sure I completely buy that, but socnets are definitely a factor in the increase of blog readership, esp among the 18-34 demo.
Yet what's most intriguing to me is what impact this group's rising social media use will have on the businesses they currently, or will soon work for. Seems Naomi is thinking along these same lines. Let's be honest, so much of the reason why businesses aren't embracing social media is due to ignorance, and a fear of change. It's easy to dismiss these social sites and tools as being fads, when you've never actually used them.
But as more companies hire workers that are fluent in these tools, likely replacing ones that were not, we'll start to see the cultures at these companies change dramatically. It's much easier for a company to consider these social tools, when their employees are already using and talking about them internally. Ignorance will give way to understanding, and that transformation will lead to social media being seen as a viable way for companies to connect and communicate with their customers.
Companies like Dell give us a glimpse of what can happen when social media internally transforms a company's culture. My guess is the average corporate workplace culture of 2013 will be significantly more open to social media than it is today. The hires that are made between now and then will play a great part in this internal transformation.