Teens With Online Friends Socialize More Offline
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.
- 2010 May 27
This survey fits with the research released last week that indicated that teens highly involved in social media are also the most well-adjusted socially...
A recent survey by myYearbook and Ketchum of teen social media users showed that a teen's social media popularity translates offline, as teen social media influencers are 40 percent more likely to have attended a party over the last weekend than average teens. They also are 20 percent more likely to have had a friend visit them at home in the last week.
"The survey dispels the notion that the most engaged teens on a social network are most likely to be home alone on a Saturday night; those teens who are most social online are most social offline," said Geoff Cook, CEO of myYearbook.
These influencers are also more active than the average teen offline in terms of listening to music, playing video games, and reading books, newspapers, and magazines.