55% Online Teens Use Social Networks; 85% MySApace Vs. 7% Facebook: Pew Internet

Some 55% of all online American teens ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. 

Other key findings:

  • 66% of teens who have created a profile say that their profile is not visible to all internet users. They limit access to their profiles.

  • 48% of teens visit social networking websites daily or more often; 26% visit once a day, 22% visit several times a day.

  • 70% of older girls (ages 15-17) have used an online social network compared with 54% of older boys

  • 91% of all social networking teens say they use the sites to stay in touch with friends they see frequently, while 82% use the sites to stay in touch with friends they rarely see in person.

  • 72% of all social networking teens use the sites to make plans with friends; 49% use the sites to make new friends.

  • Older boys (60%) who use social networking sites (ages 15-17) are more likely than girls (46%) of the same age to say that they use social networking sites to make new friends. 

  • Just 17% of all social networking teens say they use the sites to flirt. Older boys (29%) who use social networking sites are more than twice as likely as older girls (13%) to say they use the sites to flirt. 

Among the teens who have created an online profile, 85% say the profile they use or update most often is on MySpace, compared to 7% on Facebook and 1% on Xanga. Other social networking sites mentioned include Yahoo, Piczo, Gaiaonline and Tagged.com.

Methodology: The Parents & Teens 2006 Survey, sponsored by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, was based on telephone interviews with 935 teens age 12 to 17 years-old and their parents between October 23 and November 19, 2006.

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