Twitter’s getting younger – well Twitter use, anyway. Twitter use by US young adults (18-24) “increased dramatically over the last year, with nearly one in three (31%) now using Twitter,” Pew Internet reports, up from 18% a year ago and 16% in late 2010. “The proportion of young Internet users who use Twitter on a typical day also doubled over the last year,” Pew found – to 20%. The research group sees a tight correlation between Twitter use and smartphone adoption: “One in five smartphone owners (20%) are Twitter users, with 13% using the service on a typical day.” It adds that non-smartphone users (people who use what are called basic or “feature” phones) “are roughly half as likely to use Twitter overall (9%). I blogged about how teen Twitter use doubled in 2010 and ’11 a couple of months ago here.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems