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.
The online world is as varied as people are varied in their moral views, their economic circumstances and their social structures. In the video above, Director Lee Rainie discusses social, economic, and political trends especially among the younger generation that have given rise to a new and emerging class of networked citizens at Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters.
Aaron Smith discusses the role the Internet plays in opening civic and political debate to historically underrepresented groups at the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center.