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Study: Facebook remains the favorite platform of Romanians

25 Oct 2021
  • Facebook continuă să fie cea mai populară platformă de social media, cu o acoperire de 93% în rândul utilizatorilor de internet din mediul urban, fiind folosit de toate grupele de vârstă, dar mai ales de persoane peste 55 de ani (98%);
  • Televiziunea rămâne principală sursă de informare pentru 43% dintre români, care spun că preferă să se uite la știri decât să citească informații online;
  • Atât tinerii, cât și adulții au întreprins activități de jocuri în ultimele luni, în jocuri speciale descărcate pe smartphone-urile lor (54%).
  • 48% dintre utilizatorii de internet urbani au văzut recent campanii derulate de influenți sau mărci pe TikTok.

București, 19 octombrie 2021 – În ultimul an, nevoia de conectare și informare a crescut, potrivit studiului New Media Adoption , realizarea de agenție de media Spark Foundry, membră a Publicis Groupe România. Față de anii precedenți, românii au folosit online-ul într-o măsură mai mare: au fost mai prezenți pe platformă (53%) și rețelele de socializare (48%) și au făcut mai multe plăți (55%) și cumpărături online ( 52%). În același timp, restricțiile și limitările din această activitate i-au determinat să urmărească mai des știrile online (48%) și sărească mai des filme și seriale (43%). Noul studiu face parte din Focus On: New Media Usage , o serie de rapoarte care monitorizează evoluția comportamentelor de consum media, pe baza unor studii cantitative.

„With this new set of data we can draw our first conclusions about trends in New Media consumption. We were pleasantly surprised by the sign of maturity given by the 18-34 segment where we see an increase in trust in the information received on TV, given that searching for news on the Internet is the activity with the highest increase compared to the previous wave of data. Another interesting aspect is that, TikTok, the social media platform with the highest dynamics, shows a decrease in the notoriety of Influence Media campaigns in the conditions in which the pursuit of celebrities / influencers is the reason for using the platforms with the highest growth vs. previous wave. We have a confirmation that when the subject is serious, even the younger generation resorts to classical and regulated media. We also have confirmation that not every Influence Media campaign is a guaranteed success; as in any communication activity there must be a strategic red thread in the execution for it to have the desired effect”, explained Valeriu Galani, Managing Director Spark Foundry.

The reasons why Romanians use social media

In the context of the pandemic, urban Internet users accessed social media especially to spend their free time, to relax (65%), but also to keep in touch with loved ones (64%), reasons found especially in adults over the age of 45. Adults also use social media to a greater extent to keep up to date with news from the lives of family members, friends and colleagues.

Younger generations have a more active behavior on social media. They look for diversity in content, look for information about different products or brands they want to buy, post photos or videos, join different communities, and follow celebrities or influencers.

 The most accessed social media platforms

Facebook continues to be the most popular social media platform, with 93% coverage among Internet users in urban areas, being used by all age groups, but especially by people over 55 (98%). People between the ages of 25 and 34 are more attracted to platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest, while young people between the ages of 18 and 24 prefer TikTok, Snapchat, Reddit or even LinkedIn. People over the age of 45 prefer to access Twitter.

 Favorite online content

Images remain the most popular type of social media content, for all age segments, with a coverage of 78% among the audience. While young people (18-24 years old) prefer videos (72%) or stories on Instagram (45%), people aged 35-44 are more attracted to live streaming (19%), and those aged between 45 and 55 years old are interested in posts made by their favorite brands (44%) and 360-degree images and videos (29%). At the same time, articles (61%) and audio content (33%) continue to be more appreciated by people over 55.

 Activities on Instagram

Regarding the activities on Instagram, there are no significant differences compared to the May study. There are small changes among people aged between 35 and 44, changes most likely generated by the holiday period, when they posted more content. In parallel, young people use the platform to click on labels in stories or posts (to go directly to the brand's page / store), to react to surveys or to swipe-up stories.

 TikTok and influencers campaigns

Although the number of people using TikTok is growing, awareness of influencer campaigns is lower, which is most likely due to increasingly diverse content on the platform. The top campaigns with influencers include campaigns related to music (60%) and beauty and fashion (57%), while the campaigns with the highest increase compared to the previous wave, in addition to those related to music, were related to tourism (55%), culture (39%), DIY (33%), interior decoration (41%), social campaigns (44%), personal / professional development (51%).

 Audio content, an authentic way to connect with others

The platforms that have exclusively audio content register a significant increase among Romanians, compared to the results of the study in May. These platforms are considered to be a new and authentic way to connect with other people (79%).

 Live streaming for entertainment

The number of urban internet users watching live streaming events on social media has decreased, most likely due to the holiday season. Both data from May and September show that music was the star of live streaming (71%). Concerts (47%), personal and professional development courses (43%) or live streaming gaming (40%) decreased significantly compared to the previous wave.

 E-commerce through social media

8 out of 10 urban internet users think that the tag function used by brands for e-commerce is useful because it reduces the product search time (74%) and provides all the details about the price, without having to access the website (78%).


Among those who have undertaken gaming activities in recent months are both young people and adults. People between the ages of 45 and 55 downloaded and played smartphone games to a greater extent than in the previous wave (61%), and those between the ages of 35 and 44 played online games with strangers (39%).

The popularity of the game, the graphics / design of the game, the narrative thread, but also the recommendations of the influencers are the main reasons why people aged between 18 and 24 try a video game.

 Online communities

Urban Internet users continue to join online communities to find people with similar interests. Compared to the previous wave, this wave was more about benefits within brand communities and less about brand proximity.

The 34-44 age segment was most interested in the events organized by the brands, and those aged between 25 and 34 were the easiest to convince to go to the events.

 Media consumption with family

64% of the respondents watch TV with their family, and 41% of them confessed that in the last year they watched more TV or online programs for children than they did before the pandemic.

In fact, TV remains the main source of information for 43% of Romanians, who say they prefer to watch the news rather than read the information online. Young people aged 18-24 spent more time in front of the TV, an activity that brought them closer to their family.


Studiul a fost realizat de media Spark Foundry, prin interviuri online, pe o eșanție de 805 persoane, femei și bărbați, peste 18 ani, utilizatori de internet, din mediul urban, în perioada 8-15 septembrie 2021.


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