01 January 2008

US - 'Teens rule the Web'

(Net Family News)
That was just one (the Washington Post's) of an interesting range of headlines about the latest Pew Internet & American Life study about US 12-to-17-year-olds online. Here are some key findings:
  • "Publishing" as conversing: 41% of teens who are on social networks said that they routinely use those sites to send messages to their friends. When teens blog, post videos, etc., they're "looking to start a conversation as much as they are trying to promote their own creative output".
  • Privacy - 66% of teens with social-networking profiles limit access to their pages;
  • 64% of online teens in general "engage in at least one type of content creation," up from 57% in 2004. Girls dominate most elements of content creation.
  • Blogs, girls; videos, boys - 28% of online teens have created a blog (up from 19% in 2004), and almost all of the new ones are girls'; while 19% of online teen boys had posted video, compared to 10% of girls.
  • 39% post photos, videos, and other artistic content; 54% of girls and 40% of boys have posted photos.