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Teens on Social Networks

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim 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
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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.

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Teens use social networking sites primarily for staying in touch, making plans, finding new friends and flirting.

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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.

Source: eMarketer
http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1007041