I am looking for a specific word to describe people who are active on social media apps: FB, Whatsapp, etc.

The nearest word that I found while searching online is netizen. Cambridge Dictionary describes it as:

a person who uses the internet

But, it does not fit the idea I want to represent:

______ are human beings without four limbs. They demand and demand, but can't act in real life.

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    What is wrong with social-media users or perhaps simply users ?
    – k1eran
    Mar 2, 2019 at 18:25
  • I found "onliner" at wordhippo.com/what-is/another-word-for/netizen.html Mar 3, 2019 at 9:27
  • @k1eran social media user is a sentence in itself.
    – Ubi.B
    Mar 3, 2019 at 9:39
  • @aparente001 onliner or netizen are those people who gets online. They does not mean social media user.
    – Ubi.B
    Mar 3, 2019 at 9:41
  • I don't find it satisfying either for what you described. Hmm, maybe you'll have to coin a new word. Mar 3, 2019 at 9:42

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What about social networker: https://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Social-Networker

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    Thanks for answer, but it doesn't comprise element of online.
    – Ubi.B
    Mar 3, 2019 at 9:44
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    I don't understand. This answers your question. You did not ask for the term to include "online". Also, if you know what a social network is, it cannot be other than online! So it in fact includes the concept that the person is online, because these apps are internet-based.
    – ib11
    Mar 3, 2019 at 20:50
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    Social network need not necessarily be online. The word network was very well used for real life relationships especially in business and marketing domain. Likewise, social network is very well use for real like network. Also, it is readily understood that I am looking for element of virtual world i.e. online in my question. One does not use apps/application without getting online.
    – Ubi.B
    Mar 4, 2019 at 1:32
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    Here is the problem: link. Also, if you check the wikipedia page on social network, please read History section. Lastly, in your local community you may have multiple social groups, if you wish to interact, then the interaction would be called "social networking". Whereas, social networker is the participant.
    – Ubi.B
    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:28
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    @GATECSE To a sociologist, "social networks" includes real-life communities. But to most people, the term has these days come to mean "online social networks" specifically. So the context where the term will be used is important.
    – Barmar
    Mar 4, 2019 at 17:27

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