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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."

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