Teens on Social Networks
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Apr 16
eMarketer estimates that 15.5 million U.S. teen internet users (ages 12-17), or 75%, will use social networking websites in 2009. By 2013, the estimate grows to 17.9 million, or 79% of online teens.
Teens use social networking sites primarily for staying in touch, making plans, finding new friends and flirting.
Still, the social networking experience is not always positive. Teens understand that information posted to social networking sites can come back to haunt them. Over 60% of those surveyed acknowledged that the things friends wrote in their profiles could harm their careers. In addition, 48% said they could be embarrassed by what they themselves wrote, and 38% said they regretted some of the items that had appeared on their pages already.