Teens Rule the Web
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.
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