Monday, 15 February 2010

The Teens Prefer Social Media Sites and Social Networking to Blogging.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research

Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends

shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on

families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.

According to the recent survey conducted by Pew  Internet  &  American  Life  Project the

teens prefer social media sites and social networking to blogging.

Following is the summary of findings:

Since  2006,  blogging  has  dropped  among  teens  and  young  adults  while  simultaneously

rising  among  older  adults.

Blogging  has  declined  in  popularity  among  both  teens  and  young  adults  since  2006.

Blog  commenting  has  also  dropped  among  teens.   While  blogging  among  adults  as  a

whole  has  remained  steady,  the  prevalence  of  blogging  within  specific  age  groups  has

changed  dramatically  in  recent  years.  Specifically,  a  sharp  decline  in  blogging  by  young

adults  has  been  tempered  by  a  corresponding  increase  in  blogging  among  older  adults.

Teens  and  social  network  communication  practices

Teen and adult use of social networking sites has risen significantly in the past three years, the

following graph shows the teen’s activities on social networking sites.

Twitter  among  teens  and  adults

There  has  been  much  media  attention  given  to  Twitter  and  other  microblogging  services

over  the  past  year  and  initially  the  suppsition  was  that,  as  with  other  types  of  social

network  services,  teenagers  would  be  leading  the  adoption  charge  on  a  social,

connective  technology.   However,  data  from  September  2009  suggest  that  teens  do  not

use  Twitter  in  large  numbers.

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