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BizReport : Internet : May 07, 2012


Teens: Connecting online increasingly face-to-face

Teenagers today are connected via the Internet. As well as chat rooms and social networks, they are very comfortable using video to communicate and entertain, according to new research from Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

by Helen Leggatt

Nearly all teens (95%) log on to the Internet to discover and connect. For many, connecting online is becoming an increasingly face-to-face experience thanks to online video.

Of the 799 teenagers surveyed by Pew last year, 37% participate in video chats, with girls more likely to do so than boys.

Teens don't use video just to chat. They are increasingly uploading their own video content or streaming video content for others to watch. Over a quarter of the teenage respondents to Pew's survey said they record and upload video to the Internet. While this has been primarily a male-dominated behavior, the 2011 survey shows that today just as many girls as boys upload video. Thirteen percent stream video live to the Internet.

"As more and more devices in our lives have video capabilities -- as laptops and computers come with built-in video cameras, and many smart phones have cameras that allow for video chatting, for taking videos -- teens are taking advantage of that," Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist with Pew Research Center, told the LA Times.

Pew found that households with higher incomes and higher-education families were more likely to have teens that used video chat. Just 14% of teens in lower-income families use video chat, compared with 40% of more affluent households. This might be the result of more computers, better Internet connections and more recording devices in high-earning families, and the ability for a teen to have privacy with an Internet-connected device to upload content and hold video chat sessions.






Tags: online behavior, online video, survey, teenagers, user insight, video chat, video streaming








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