Washington (CNN) A new study by a leading research firm has found that Americans are spending far more time on social media than they did a decade ago.
According to the report, the number of social media users in the US has nearly tripled since 2010.
In the last two years, the US accounts for more than 40% of all social media traffic, the report said.
It said that more than half of Americans are on social networking sites, which use social media to share information and create a community.
The study, conducted by the firm IHS, said that online communities have grown at a rate of nearly 25% a year.
The report was released on Wednesday, just as the Senate and House of Representatives debated legislation to reinstate mandatory background checks for all gun sales.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D, California, who are sponsoring the legislation, said the legislation will help prevent mass shootings.
The proposal would add more than 2,000 new federal firearms crimes to the list of prohibited items, which is currently limited to guns that are prohibited by federal law.
It would also allow for a federal background check on all purchases, with a limit of five transactions per month.
Senators John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chuck Grassley, R, Iowa, are pushing the legislation on the House floor, where they argue that the legislation is needed to prevent mass killings.
The bill has bipartisan support.
Cornyn said it will help reduce gun violence.
Grassley said the bill will help curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said it supports the legislation and has long advocated for more gun control, but that it would be important to note that it is not mandatory.
The academy has endorsed the bill.
The NRA, a powerful lobby for the firearms industry, has also supported the measure.
The National Rifle Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.