Social Media and Teens: Blogging Down, Social Networking Up

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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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