Social Media is the new Website 2.0 and everybody is doing it. One of the largest groups using social media are teens age 12 to 17. Over 93% of teens use the internet and they are ahead of the curve of treating it as a venue for social interaction.
This Pew Internet And American Life Project Report has found that 55% of online teens havecreated a profile on a social networking site like FaceBook or MySpace; 47% have uploaded photos and 14% have posted videos.
Teens and Social Media: Summary of Findings at a Glance
The use of social media – from blogging to online social networking to creation of all kinds of digital material – is central to many teenagers’ lives.
Girls continue to lead the charge as the teen blogosphere grows; 28% of online teens have created a blog, up from 19% in 2004.
The growth in blogs tracks with the growth in teens’ use of social networking sites, but they do not completely overlap.
Online boys are avid users of video-sharing websites such as YouTube, and boys are more likely than girls to upload.
Digital images – stills and videos – have a big role in teen life.Posting images and video often starts a virtual conversation. Most teens receive some feedback on the content they post online.
Most teens restrict access to their posted photos and videos – at least some of the time. Adults restrict access to the same content less often.
In the midst of the digital media mix, the landline is still a lifeline for teen social life.
Multi-channel teens layer each new communications opportunity on top of pre-existing channels.
Email continues to lose its luster among teens as texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites facilitate more frequent contact with friends.
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