Social Media and Young Adults

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Presentation to the Department of Commerce's Online Safety & Technology Working Group - covers wireless, mobile internet use, social networks, content creation, blogging, twitter and sexting among teens and young adults.

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Social Media and Young Adults

  1. 1. Social Media & Young Adults Amanda Lenhart Pew Internet Project OSTWG, NTIA, Dept of Commerce February 4, 2010
  2. 2. Methodology <ul><li>Two surveys both completed in September 2009: </li></ul><ul><li>800 Teens 12-17 and a parent or guardian – RDD w/ cell phone sample </li></ul><ul><li>2253 American adults 18 and older – RDD with cell phone sample & Spanish language interviewing </li></ul>Feb 2010
  3. 14. Sending Sexts <ul><li>No difference by gender </li></ul><ul><li>Oldest teens most likely to have sent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8% of 17 year olds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4% of 12 year olds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>17% who pay for all the costs of the phone send sexts vs. 3% of others </li></ul>
  4. 15. Receiving Sexts <ul><li>Again, no gender differences and increases by age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4% of 12 year olds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of 16 year olds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% of 17 year olds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sending texts, having unlimited texting plan increases receipt </li></ul>
  5. 16. Sexting Scenarios <ul><li>Between two romantic partners, as a part of, instead of, or as a prelude to sex – never leaves couple </li></ul><ul><li>Between two romantic partners – but shared with others </li></ul><ul><li>Between two people where at least one would like to be in a relationship – shows interest </li></ul>
  6. 22. Twitter
  7. 24. October 2009
  8. 30. Thanks! “Teens and Sexting” “Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults” Amanda Lenhart Pew Internet & American Life Project http:// www.pewinternet.org @amanda_lenhart
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