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Facebook, Twitter, Blogging & Youth

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 6, 2010 )

Blogging isn’t such a popular activity with teenagers and young adults nowadays and Twitter even less so according to a recent survey.

A report released by the Pew Research Center has found blogging has fallen among teens and young adults while rising among older adults.

The culprit affecting the young ‘uns blogging? Social networking sites, mainly Facebook and MySpace.

14% of online teens are blogging, down from 28% of teen internet users in 2006. 52% report commenting on friends’ blogs, down from the 76% who did so in 2006.

73% of online American teens now use social networking websites, a huge jump from 2006 when only 55% were active on social networks. The most popular social network with the 18 – 29 age group is FaceBook at 71% followed by MySpace (remember them?) at 66%.

While Twitter is less popular than blogging and Facebook, it still attracts a healthy chunk of engagement in the 18 – 24 year age group – 37%. Below the age of 18, there’s a marked difference with 8% of internet users ages 12-17 using Twitter.

The “show me the money” statistic of most interest to online merchants – 48% of teens who access the Internet have bought items such as books, clothing and music online; well up from the 31% in Pew’s 2000 survey.

As for general Internet use, 93% of teens ages 12-17 hit the web, as do 93% of young adults ages 18-29 and nearly three-quarters of all adults ages 18 and older.

There’s all sorts of interesting facts and figures in the Pew Research Center’s report – check it out here.


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