May 15, 2021

Pew Research Center Releases New Survey Findings About Teens, Social Media, and Technology

The Pew Research Center has just released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 written by Amanda Lenhart,

From the Report:

24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones

Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.

Much of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile devices. Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access1 to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type. African-American teens are the most likely of any group of teens to have a smartphone, with 85% having access to one, compared with 71% of both white and Hispanic teens. These phones and other mobile devices have become a primary driver of teen internet use: Fully 91% of teens go online from mobile devices at least occasionally. Among these “mobile teens,” 94% go online daily or more often. By comparison, teens who don’t access the internet via mobile devices tend to go online less frequently. Some 68% go online at least daily.

African-American and Hispanic youth report more frequent internet use than white teens. Among African-American teens, 34% report going online “almost constantly” as do 32% of Hispanic teens, while 19% of white teens go online that often.

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Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17 with 71% of all teens using the site, even as half of teens use Instagram and four-in-ten use Snapchat.

Some Additional Highlights

  • 71% of teens use more than one social network site
  • Middle and upper income teens lean toward Instagram and Snapchat
  • Some 88% of teens have or have access to cell phones or smartphones and 90% of those teens with phones exchange texts. A typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day
  • Some 73% of teens have access to smartphones and among them messaging apps like Kik or WhatsApp have caught on.
  • Teenage girls use social media sites and platforms — particularly visually-oriented ones — for sharing more than their male counterparts do.
  • 33% of American Teens Use Twitter
  • Typical Twitter-using Teens Have 95 Twitter Followers
  • A Typical Teen Sends and Receives 30 Texts a Day
  • 71% of Teens Play Video Games; Rises to 83% of Teen Boys

Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat Used Most Often by American Teens
Girls Dominate Visually-Oriented Social Media Platforms

 

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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