Thursday, January 03, 2008

Girls Blog more than Boys: 93% of Teens are Online

Mills (2007) reported on differences between girls and boys use of Internet. Based on the Mill's article and Pew Internet Research on Teens and Social Media it appears that girls are blogging (write) more, but boys are posting more video content. A few highlights from the Pew research data in the Mills article included:
  • 35% online teen girls blog while only 20% of the boys blog.
  • 54% of girls post photos compared to 40% of boys, but more boys than girls put videos online.
  • 28% of online teenagers have blogs compared to 19% in Pew's 2004 data.
  • 27% of teenagers have their own web pages.
  • 66% of teens protect personal information online.
  • 70% of teens use cell phones daily and cells phones are primary communication sources for 63% of them.

Follow this link to the Pew Internet & American Life Project for more information and read the Pew Internet Teens & Social Media Report pdf for complete details.

Depending on their point of view, K-12 and Higher Education faculty may find the Pew report that 2/3 of online teen are content creators exciting or disturbing news. In any event, look out here they come!

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