How do we like to communicate today? Is it face-to-face, by phone, through social media, or is it email? Does who we are talking to affect how we communicate? These are some of the questions posed in a recent Ipsos MediaCT's Motion Picture Group survey of social media users.

As you might expect, while online communication builds momentum in office environments, people still prefer face-to-face when dealing with friends and family.

According to the survey, 88 percent of respondents preferred non-online communication with family, with 53 percent wanting to be face-to-face and 23 percent preferring phone calls. The number drops to 76 percent of non-online communication when it comes to friends, with 34 percent preferring face-to-face and only 10 percent preferring the phone. Thirty-two percent preferred texting Ė not a surprise coming from heavy social media users - but only 17 percent used social media to communicate with friends.

The workplace is another story, with 54 percent still preferring non-online communication, with 29 percent opting for face-to-face and 12 percent preferring the phone. Only 11 percent use social media with co-workers and 24 percent prefer to use email. When it comes to other business contacts, however, non-online communication drops to only 38 percent, with 27 percent preferring online social media as the way to stay in touch, and 20 percent using email.

When it comes to their use of social media, people are more likely to receive links from others than give them, with only 23 percent sending content or links out, 36 percent sending as often as they receive, and 41 percent receiving from others. When are people motivated to post on social media? A large majority (85 percent) feel compelled to post when they are really excited about something. An interesting fact is that only 10 percent of the respondents reported that they post when they really donít like something.