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For Teens 'Going Online' Usually Means 'Going on Facebook'

November 18, 2011

Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social networking site, Facebook in particular, is almost synonymous with being online, according to a report by Pew Research.

Among key findings issued by Pew: 

  • Fully 95% of surveyed teens age 12-17 use the Internet; among them, 80% use social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace. 
  • 16% of online teens age 12-17 use Twitter and teen girls are twice as likely to use the microblogging service. 

Such teen social media users now comprise 76% of all those age 12-17. 

Below, additional findings from The 2011 Teens and Digital Citizenship Survey issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute and supported by Cable in the Classroom.

Where Teens Maintain their Social Media Accounts

Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site among teens: 93% of teen social media users maintain a Facebook account. MySpace ranks a distant second (24%), followed by Twitter (12%).

One Account vs. Multiple Accounts

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