Social Media and Teens: Blogging Down, Social Networking Up

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released new research this week that shows blogging is down among teenagers, while use of social networks is way up.

14% of online teens now say they blog, down from 28% of teen internet users in 2006.

73% of wired American teens now use social networking websites, a significant increase from previous surveys. Just over half of online teens (55%) used social networking sites in November 2006 and 65% did so in February 2008.

Twitter use is almost non-existent:

8% of internet users ages 12-17 use Twitter. This makes Twitter as common among teens as visiting a virtual world, and far less common than sending or receiving text messages as 66% of teens do, or going online for news and political information, done by 62% of online teens.

The full report findings are available via the organization’s website.

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