Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Poll Finds Widespread Use of Social Media by Teens Poll Finds Widespread Use of Social Media by Teens

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Tech

Poll Finds Widespread Use of Social Media by Teens

June 26, 2012

A new poll on teenagers' use of social media and technology shows even they get annoyed when their friends ignore them to text someone else and more than 40 percent wish they could unplug sometimes.

The survey from the children's media research group Common Sense Media found, unsurprisingly, that 90 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 who are online already have also used some type of social media service such as Facebook and 75 percent say they have a profile on a social networking site.

Facebook is the most popular social networking destination for the teens surveyed, with 68 percent saying it is their main social networking site. The poll surveyed 1,030 teens online in February and March.

While just over half of those surveyed said they check their social networking site at least once a day, 68 percent say they text every day.

A majority of those surveyed said social media had a positive impact on their friendships, while only 4 percent said it hurt those relationships. And 29 percent said social media made them feel more outgoing, while 5 percent said it had the opposite effect. At the same time, 20 percent said it made them feel more confident with only 4 percent saying it hurt their confidence.

Still, 43 percent of teens wish they could unplug sometimes. Nearly half said they prefer to talk to their friends face to face and 45 percent voiced frustration about friends who use social media or text when they are together.

"For the generation of youth in their teens today, social media are so intricately woven into the fabric of their lives that they don't really know what life would be like without them," the report on the survey's findings concluded. "Despite our concerns about social media, in the vast majority of cases, these media do not appear to be causing great tumult in teenagers' lives."

LIKE THIS STORY? Sign up for Tech Edge

Sign up for our daily newsletter and stay on top of tech coverage.

Sign up form for Tech Edge
Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
Comments
comments powered by Disqus