12-Year-Olds Flocking to Facebook -- Does Underage Social Networking Matter?

So now, we have a statistic called "underage social networking site users." So, kids lie about their real age. A good guess is that many parents allow their children to "make believe" they are older.

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We know that the popularity of social networking sites is growing. I mean, heck, my Twitter followers grow steadily by the hour. An interesting point to this growth is that the number of young people, specifically 12-year-olds in the U.S., use of the social networks jumped to 38 percent in mid-2009 from 31 percent in 2006.

Another verification of the rise in more youngsters socializing on the internet is traffic monitor ComScore. The company figures that 3.6



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