When we asked teens about a number of online behaviors in our July 2011 Teens and Online Behavior survey, we found that when it comes to video:
- 37% of internet users ages 12-17 participate in video chats with others using applications such as Skype, Googletalk or iChat. Girls are more likely than boys to have such chats.
- 27% of internet-using teens 12-17 record and upload video to the internet. One major difference between now and 2006 is that online girls are just as likely these days to upload video as online boys.
- 13% of internet-using teens stream video live to the internet for other people to watch.
- Social media users are much more likely than those who do not use social media to engage in all three video behaviors studied.
As of July 2011:
- Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are online.
- 77% of teens have a cell phone.
- 23% of teens have a smartphone; 54% have a regular cell phone (or are not sure what kind of phone they have), and another 23% of teens do not have a cell phone at all.
- 74% own a desktop or laptop computer.
- Texting dominates teens’ general communication choices. Overall, 75% of all teens text, and 63% say that they use text to communicate with others every day.
- The volume of texting among teens has risen from a median 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the typical teen text user.
- 80% of online teens use social network sites such as Facebook or MySpace, and 16% use Twitter.
- 69% of social media-using teens say their experience is that peers are mostly kind to each other in social network spaces. Another 20% say their peers are mostly unkind, while 11% volunteered that “it depends.”
- 8% of social media-using teens have witnessed other people be mean or cruel on social network sites.
- 44% of online teens admit to lying about their age at one time or another so they could access a website or sign up for an online account.
Texting dominates teens’ general communication choices, and 23% of teens own a smartphone. The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. Among teen communication choices:
- 63% say that they use text to communicate with others every day.
- 39% of teens make and receive voice calls on their mobile phones every day.
- 35% of all teens socialize with others in person outside of school on a daily basis.
- 29% of all teens exchange messages daily through social network sites.
- 22% of teens use instant messaging daily to talk to others.
- 19% of teens talk on landlines with people in their lives daily.
- 6% of teens exchange email daily.