|Over a third of US teens videochat: Study|
|Written by Anne Collier|
|May 07, 2012|
Among US 12-to-17-year-olds, the most avid users of videochat – such as on iChat, Skype, or "hangouts" in Google+ – are also the most avid social networkers, according to just-released data from the Pew Internet Project, indicating to me how integral videochat is becoming to socializing and keeping in touch with friends and family. This study focused on teens, but I have a feeling the numbers are just as high and climbing among whole families with kids in college and extended families spread out geographically.
Pew looked into two other uses of online video too: video recording and uploading, such as 1) producing and sharing do-it-yourself music videos and clips of exploits in videogames or vlogging (video blogging) on YouTube, and 2) live video streaming like what 16-year-old Texas singer Austin Mahone does on Ustream.tv (he has a YouTube channel too). The researchers found that…
* 37% of online teens videochat, girls (42%) more than boys (at 33%). Age doesn't make a huge difference: 34% of online 12-to-13-year-olds use video chat and 39% of 14-to-17-year-olds do.
As for social media use in general, Pew's latest: 77% of all teens have cellphones (23% have smartphones) and 97% of those phone owners text; 40% of texting teens videochat compared with 27% of non-texters. More than three-quarters, 77%, of all teens use social sites; 16% use Twitter. Comparing their use of video to non-socialnetworkers, Pew says "teens who use Facebook and Twitter are more likely to use video chat, with 41% of Facebook users chatting (compared with 25% of non-users) and 60% of Twitter users using video chat (compared with 33% of non-Twitter users)."