Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified?in both good and bad ways.
Part 1 » Teens and social networks
Part 3 » Privacy and safety issues
Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time, particularly young adults under 30. Many of them go online in purposeful ways, as well. But the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center?s Internet & American Life Project show that young adults? use of the internet can at times be simply for the diversion it presents.
Report: Why Americans use social media
Two-thirds of online adults (66%) use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn. These internet users say that connections with family members and friends (both new and old) are a primary consideration in their adoption of social media tools.
The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years ? rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011 ? according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center?s Internet & American Life Project. The share of U.S. adults who purchased a phone already equipped with apps also increased five percentage points in the past year, from 38% in May 2010 to 43% in the current survey.