p2p news / p2pnet: Teenagers are the Net’s most prolific content creators, in the US, at least.
That’s the conclusion of a Pew Internet and American Life Project report which says half of all American teenagers and 57% of those who use the Net have, "created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations".
And they’re often "much more enthusiastic authors and readers of blogs than their adult counterparts," says Pew.
"Teen bloggers, led by older girls, are a major part of this tech-savvy cohort. Teen bloggers are more fervent internet users than non-bloggers and have more experience with almost every online activity in the survey."
The most popular Content Creating activities are sharing self-authored content and working on web pages for others.
Teens are much more likely than adults to blog and some 38% percent (about eight million) say they read blogs, says Pew.
Some 25% of older girls (15-17) are the most likely to blog, compared to 15% of older boys who are online, and about 18% of younger teens of both sexes blog.
"Teens who go online frequently are more than twice as likely to blog," says the report, going on that 27% of daily users have their own blog, compared with 11% of those who go online several times a week, and 10% of those who go online less often.
"Bloggers and to a lesser extent teens who read blogs are a particularly tech-savvy group of internet users," it adds. "They have more technological tools such as cell phones and PDAs and are more likely to use them to go online. Not only do they live in technologically rich households, but they are more likely to have their own computer at home and to be able to use it in a private space.
"They help adults do things online. Most strikingly, they have more experience with almost all online activities that we asked about. Bloggers are more likely than non-bloggers to engage in everyday online activities such as getting news, using IM or making online purchases."
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Pew Internet and American Life Project – Teen Content Creators and Consumers, November 2, 2005