40% Of Teens Video Chat With Their Friends
Teens are like lab rats for experiments and emerging trends in technology and so it comes as no surprise that as early adopters they are lead the way in many ways. One such area of dominance is video chatting. With the widespread distribution of apps like Skype, iChat and Googletalk, more and more teens are making video chatting a pastime.
The Pew Research lab recently took a peek into the usage statistics and found some rather interesting numbers. Overall it found that 37% of internet users aged 12 – 17 avidly participate in video chats. Girls seem to like the camera more than boys and over 42% of those interviewed were found to be more active than boys who clocked in at 33%.
The closer the teens are to 17, the more active it turns out they are. Pew found that 40% of teens aged 14 – 17 make video chat a big part of their daily interaction with each other online. Many are not just chatting via video, they are actively sharing. The study found that 27% of teens shoot and share videos across the web.
Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew chimed in on the findings. According to Lenhart, “We found it interesting that boys and girls are now recording and uploading video in equal measure, a change from 2006 when boys were more than twice as likely as girls to shoot and share videos. “But overall, I’m not surprised that teens, and particularly girls, enjoy video chat. It provides a rich additional layer on top of the sorts of social interactions with others than many teen girls crave.”
Teens will of course continue to be the biggest adopters and users of emerging technology so it is fair to say that they are the future of tech use—across all platforms.