Study Finds That 20% of Teens Blog

Posted on November 2, 2005

The Associated Press reports the unsurprising findings of a recent Pew survey. The survey found that 1 in 5 school aged teens have a blog.

Those are some of the findings from a survey of 12- to 17-year-olds conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The survey also found that older school-age girls with online access were most likely to keep a blog. About a quarter of girls, ages 15 to 17, did so, compared with 15 percent of boys in that age group.

Among adults, Pew says about 7 percent of Internet users have created their own blogs, or online diaries. And while 26 percent of adults say they read blogs, 38 percent of young people with online access said they do so.

The study also found that the main reason teens have a blog is for communication. Many teen blogs are found on social networking services like Friendster, and which are designed for communication and connecting member profiles to other members profiles. This information might surprise a few parents but teens and people following the blogging industry know that the majority of blogs are written by teenagers.

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