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Social network profile creation in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019, by gender

This statistic illustrates the findings of a survey among internet users regarding the creation of social networking profiles in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2010 and 2019, broken down by gender. Over the period in consideration, the share of female respondents, who reported creating a profile on any social media site increased from 56 to 86 percent. During the most recent survey period in 2019, it was revealed that 78 percent of male respondents set up a profile on social networking platforms. In the demographic group of the 16 to 24 year olds, 91 percent had social network profile in 2015.

Share of respondents who had set up their own social network profile in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019, by gender*

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019**

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

those who go online.

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "I’d now like to ask you some questions about social media (DESCRIPTION OF SOCIAL MEDIA). Do you have a social media profile or account on any sites or apps?"
** The most recent survey was carried out October to November 2019.
n (2010) = 1,489; n (2011) = 1,369; n (2012) = 1,381; n (2013) = 1,272; n (2014) = 1,609; n (2015) = 1,458; n (2016) = 1,553; n (2017) = 1,206; n (2018) = 1,570
Data for years previous to 2013 were published earlier by the source.
The source indicates that, "The way in which the question was asked of adults was amended between 2012 and 2014, which could account for some of the differences shown."

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