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Social Media Consumption Among Kenyans: Trends and Practices

Social Media Consumption Among Kenyans: Trends and Practices
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Author(s): Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu (United States International University – Africa, Kenya)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 33
Source title: Analyzing Global Social Media Consumption
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu (United States International University – Africa, Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4718-2.ch006

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Abstract

Despite the growing popularity of social media among Kenyans, there is limited baseline data on the consumption of these platforms by different Kenyan communities based on demographics such as age, gender, education, income, and geolocation. The study set out to fill this gap through a baseline survey on social media consumption in Kenya. The study used a mixed-method approach, involving a survey of 3,269 respondents and 37 focus group discussions. The social media platforms in use are WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. However, the use of social media differs by demographics. Kenyans use social media for entertainment, education, jobs, politics, sports, and social issues. Most Kenyans access social media using phones for 1-3 hours daily. Motivations for using social media include the acquisition of information, entertainment, and social interactions. Most social media users have experienced fake news, cyberbullying, and bombardment with graphic images of sex and advertisements. Kenyans consider social media to be addictive, expensive, and time-wasting.

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