Teenagers Use Facebook More than Blogging and Twitter

February 4th, 2010 at 12:00 am


The shape of social media has been constantly changing over the past years.  What we thought as a trendy social medium today could be so five minutes ago after a few years.  A recent report shows how today’s teens and young adults utilize social media.

The research, published by Pew Internet Project, showed that American teenagers spend more time on Facebook than Twitter and blogs.  The report, titled "Social Media and Mobile Internet Use among Teens and Young Adults," was conducted using data gather from two telephone surveys in September 2009, focusing on teens aged 12 to 17 as well as adults 18 and older.

Blogging among teens and young adults has decreased by half since 2006.  From 28% of teens ages 12 to 17 and adults ages 18 to 29 in 2006, the number of bloggers had dropped to 14% in teens and 15% among young adults in 2009.  In contrast, the percentage of adults over 30 who are blogging increased from 7% to 11% during that same period.

Analysts say that the decrease in blogging may have attributed to the increased use of Facebook among teens and young adults.  While MySpace–the erstwhile "in thing" in social media–has a blogging feature, Facebook does not.

And contrary to popular belief, teenagers are not too keen about Twitter, with only 8% among 12- to 17-year-olds using it.  The researchers followed this up by a series of focus group discussions on why teenagers are not interested about Twitter.  Most of the teens in the study said that they do not have an idea what Twitter is, or that it is something celebrities do.  Also, many teens are into text messaging, sending messages to their friends without having to expose it to other people, an activity which usually happens on Twitter.

Source:  USA Today