According to Reuters, the study released this week by the Pew Internet and American Life project found that only 14 percent of teenagers who use the Internet say they kept an online journal or blog, compared with a peak of 28 percent in 2006. More over they also found that fewer than one in 10 teens were using Twitter, a surprising finding given overall popularity of the micro-blogging site.
Pew researcher Aaron Smith said Reuters, “It was a little bit surprising, although there are definitely explanations given the state of the technological landscape.” Smith said the report’s authors attributed the decline in blogging to the explosion of social networking sites such as Facebook, which emphasize short status updates over personal journals.
According to the report, 73 % of teens who were online used social networking sites.
He also said, “Much of the communication between young people now takes place on mobile devices, which don’t lend themselves to long-form writing. Teens may be shying away from Twitter because they see it as designed for celebrities, and because of reluctance to put their thoughts on such a public forum when they can post them to their Facebook page instead.”
“It was somewhat interesting in the sense that teens tend to be the early adopters,” Smith said. “They were the first to use social networking and texting. It’s certainly unusual compared to what we’ve seen with other technology.”
The teen portion of the study was based on a telephone survey of 800 young people, aged 12 to 17, that was conducted from June to September of 2009.