Survey: 94 Percent of Teens Use Facebook
May 22, 2013 2:53 PM
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Twitter came in second place with 26 percent of teen users
If you've ever seen a teenager with their face buried in their smartphone and their thumbs typing away as if the rest of the world didn't exist, here's a statistic that won't seem too surprising: 94 percent of teens
It seems when teenagers aren't texting away, they're socializing largely on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. According to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project (along with Harvard’s Berkman Center), 95 percent of teens ages 12-17 use the Internet, and 81 percent of them use social networks.
As of 2012, about 94 percent of teens who use social networks have
a Facebook profile
, and their average number of Facebook friends is about 425.
Twitter and Instagram are the second and third most used social networks, with 26 percent and 11 percent of teenage users respectively.
While Twitter is far behind Facebook, it has made great progress. In 2011, only 12 percent of teens used Twitter. That number bumped up to 26 percent in 2012.
No data was available for the percentage of teen Instagram users for 2011, but it managed to jump ahead of many other social networks that have been around longer.
Fourth place went to MySpace with 7 percent of teen users in 2012 (down from 24 percent in 2011), YouTube in fifth place with 7 percent of teen users (up from 6 percent in 2011), Tumblr in sixth place with 5 percent of teen users (up from 2 percent in 2011) and Google Plus in seventh place with 3 percent of teen users.
Those at the bottom of the list include Yahoo, myYearbook, Pinterest, Gmail, and Meet Me.
Facebook's popularity shows in its earnings. For Q1 2013, Facebook earned $219 million (9 cents a share) in profit compared to $205 million in the year-ago period. Excluding certain items, the company earned 12 cents a share.
Facebook's revenue for the first quarter was $1.46 billion, up from $1.06 billion in Q1 2012. This was partially due to advertising revenue, which was up 43 percent in the first quarter from Q1 2012.
Despite Facebook's wild popularity, it doesn't look like the world is ready for
a Facebook phone
quite yet. The HTC First smartphone was released with Facebook Home, a launcher that integrates Facebook's social tools into the home screen of the phone. However, the First was a huge flop and has
put HTC in a bad spot
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Your behind the curve Tiffany..
5/26/2013 12:04:40 PM
..you need to recheck your homework Tiff, the WSJ just had an article this last week that noted kids are migrating away from Facebook in droves and using Twitter more often than updating their FaceBook page now. Not only that, their seems to be a new kid on the block that is signing up millions on WhatsApp, a new messaging service that sells no advertising, nada, to quote from their profile,"WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages" ..investors are predicting this will be the next big messaging service and surpass Facebook in number of users..
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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