Teenagers using the internet

The number of teenagers using the internet has grown 24% in the past four years and 87% of those between the ages of 12 and
17 are online.

Compared to four years ago, teens’ use of the internet has intensified and broadened as they log on more often and do more
things when they are online.

We’re talking about a market of 21 million of which
51% live in homes with broadband connections.
81% play games online, which is 52% higher than four years ago.
76% get news online, which is 38% higher than four years ago.
43% have made purchases online, which is 71% higher than four years ago.
31% use the internet to get health information, which is 47% higher than four years ago.

In short, today’s American teens live in a world enveloped by communications technologies; the internet and cell phones have
become a central force that fuels the rhythm of daily life.

These are some of the highlights of a new report, “Teens and Technology,” issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project
http://www.pewinternet.org, based on a November 2004 survey of 1,100 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 and their parents.

The full report may be accessed from:

Also the Project recently released a short data memo on the American
public’s recognition of various “tech terms.” You can read the Tech Term
Awareness memo at: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/161/report_display.asp

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