For the largest social media site, Facebook, it was made plenty of enhancements to lure news organizations to use its service.

The study found that Twitter users are far more likely than Facebook users to check for news on national government and politics (72 percent vs. 61 percent); global affairs (63 percent vs. 51 percent); business (55 percent vs. 42 percent); and sports (70 percent vs. 55 percent). That makes sense, considering Pinterest and LinkedIn have information-sharing qualities while Instagram, used more often by non-parents, is strictly based around sharing photos.

Wyma said that while she’s encouraged parents turn to social media for help and support, parents should also be careful not to compare themselves to other parents or parenting styles online because that could lead to depression. In the study, only one out of 10 parents said they had a problem with friends and family posting information about a parent’s child. The typical parent has a network of 150 Facebook friends. “I think it displays how parents have very tight networks on Facebook especially”.

According into the unearthing associated with a refreshing Pew check, mom and dad possess their own social networking behaviour. One-third of their friends are considered actual friends, compared to less than a quarter for non-parents. Parents and non-parents were also similar when it came to connecting with friends from the past, work colleagues, their children (“non-parents” may have children who are ages 18 or over) and people they have never met in person.

Non-parents were more likely to have larger Facebook networks, with 200 Facebook friends the norm.

Social media users of all types use the platforms to respond to good and bad news, ask and answer questions and seek out advice.

Forty-five percent of moms said they “strongly agreed” that they got support on social media, while 22% of dads did.

The study did not specify what sort of advice or encouragement parents gave or received via social media, but study co-author and University of Michigan professor Clifford Lampe said the study shows young parents who possibly grew up using social media or were early adopters are carrying their social media habits with them throughout different stages of life and not drifting away after their college years. “Many parents may have already been social media users before having children, and they’ve adapted these advantages to their new scenarios”, Duggan said.

Maeve Duggan, a research associate at the Pew Research Center and an author of the report, said parents find value in the connections and information shared on social media.