According to new research data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites. However, few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media.
Key findings from the new Teens, Social Media and Data privacy report based on a survey of 802 teens that examines teens’ privacy management on social media sites:
- Teens share more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past.
- Teen Twitter use has grown significantly: 24 percent of online teens use Twitter, up from 16 percent in 2011.
- The median teen Facebook user has 300 friends, while the typical teen Twitter user has 79 followers.
- Teens have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence and people sharing excessively, but they use it because participation is an important part of socializing.
- 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings.
- Teens take steps to shape their reputation, manage their networks, and mask information they don’t want others to know.
- Teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-party access to their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.
- In broad measures of online experience, teens are considerably more likely to report positive experiences than negative ones. For instance, 52% of online teens say they have had an experience online that made them feel good about themselves.