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Teens Rule the Web

Kim Hart

Fueled by new technologies and social networking sites, teenagers continue to lead the pack in creating content on the Web.

According to a study released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 64 percent of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engage in at least one type of content creation, up from 57 percent of online teens in 2004.

Twenty-eight percent of online teens have blogs. And girls are almost entirely driving the growth of blogging.

In fact, girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35 percent of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys.

But boys do dominate in one area: posting videos. Wired boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls to have shared a video online.

"For teens, the beauty of the internet, particularly social networking websites, is that content can be created and easily shared among a network of friends," said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist and one of the authors of the report. "Even more compelling is that people in those social networks can easily comment and give feedback on shared content."

While they're busy creating content, many teens limit access to content that they share. Some 66% of teens with social network profiles restrict access to their profiles in some way and 77% of teens who upload photos restrict access to them at least "some of the time." In contrast, 58% of adults who post photos restrict access to them in some way, according to the study.

By Kim Hart  |  December 20, 2007; 6:57 AM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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I do agree regarding teens ruling the web. They dominate the major social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace. This then makes it less and less likely that seniors and adults will join those sites (it's almost like crashing a party!).

I actually came upon a social networking/community site that is aimed at seniors and adults called seniorocity.com [http://www.seniorocity.com/].

Seniorocity is trying to build a community of older folks who feel unwelcome at the "typical" social networking sites.

We'll see if that's going to be a new trend. It does seem like a good idea.

Posted by: John S | December 20, 2007 8:14 PM

I think we can find some good news here! Kids are doing things with technology, rather than becoming passive consumers of it. We just need kids and their parents to learn a few simple things about using social networking and other sites appropriately (protecting their privacy for one thing.) Read my blog for more:
http://marian.symantec.com/blog/index.cfm

Posted by: Marian Merritt | December 21, 2007 5:32 PM

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