teens and social media

a new pew study on teens and social media was recently released. it’s really worthwhile reading for youth workers and parents.

here’s the link to the summary.

here’s the link to the entire report in pdf format (44 pages long).

here are a couple paragraphs i found intriguing:

Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.

Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area – posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.

(ht to bob carlton)

anastasia has some good highlights of this study on the ypulse blog here also.

One thought on “teens and social media”

  1. It’s really taking older adults who do youthwork without computers by surprise. I do a lot of youthwork across Myspace, facebook and Bebo, but there are hardly any other adults in there to interact with teenagers.

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