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Teen internet use has intensified over the years. There are relatively few demographic differences when it comes to how often teens go online, although older teens are likely to do so with greater frequency than are younger teens.

Twitter adoption among teens pales in comparison to their use of social network sites as a whole. Almost all teen Twitter users take part in other online social network sites as well—just one respondent in our survey reported using Twitter but not using any other social network sites. Which groups of teens use social media?

Among teens, usage of social network sites is relatively consistent across a number of demographic categories. The youngest teenagers are less avid: In contrast to social network sites, Twitter use among teens is marked by much more variation between groups.

Facebook dominates teen social media usage In addition to asking about general social media usage, we also included a question on our July survey asking about the specific social media sites on which teens have actually created an account.

  • Among teens, usage of social network sites is relatively consistent across a number of demographic categories;
  • Overall, the median teen social media user takes part in six of the seven activities we measured in our survey;
  • Facebook dominates teen social media usage In addition to asking about general social media usage, we also included a question on our July survey asking about the specific social media sites on which teens have actually created an account.

Among teen social media users: And indeed, there is fairly modest demographic variation in terms of where teen social media users maintain their accounts. Facebook eclipsed MySpace over the last five years. When we asked teens about their social media accounts in November 2006, our question wording was substantially different from the version used in our 2011 survey.

As MySpace usage has grown less prevalent among teens over the last five years, Facebook usage has increased in kind. The sites on which teen social media users have created accounts tend to be similar to those used by their adult counterparts, though teens are slightly more likely to use Facebook and MySpace.

On the other end of the scale, gaming is the least common activity we measured in our survey, as half of teen social media users play games within the context of these sites. Overall, the median teen social media user takes part in six of the seven activities we measured in our survey. Older teens tend to be more active users of social media than their younger counterparts.

  • There are relatively few demographic differences when it comes to how often teens go online, although older teens are likely to do so with greater frequency than are younger teens;
  • This discrepancy may be due to the fact that this question measures account ownership rather than general usage;
  • Among teen social media users;
  • Younger teens stand out in their tendency to use these sites to play games;
  • See our report on Teens, Video Games and Civics for more details http;
  • Younger teens stand out in their tendency to use these sites to play games.

Social media users ages 14-17 are significantly more likely than those ages 12-13 to post comments on something their friends have posted; to post status updates; to post photos or videos; and to tag others in posts, photos, or videos. Younger teens stand out in their tendency to use these sites to play games.

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites

Similarly, there are few differences based on race or ethnicity, with two exceptions. Please note, this analysis only includes Twitter users who have an account on the service, and who think of Twitter as a social network site. Question wording for the question used for this analysis is: This discrepancy may be due to the fact that this question measures account ownership rather than general usage.

  • Please note, this analysis only includes Twitter users who have an account on the service, and who think of Twitter as a social network site;
  • Almost all teen Twitter users take part in other online social network sites as well—just one respondent in our survey reported using Twitter but not using any other social network sites;
  • There are relatively few demographic differences when it comes to how often teens go online, although older teens are likely to do so with greater frequency than are younger teens;
  • Overall, the median teen social media user takes part in six of the seven activities we measured in our survey;
  • The youngest teenagers are less avid;
  • When we asked teens about their social media accounts in November 2006, our question wording was substantially different from the version used in our 2011 survey.

See our report on Teens, Video Games and Civics for more details http: