How Americans use social media

Since 2006, blogging has dropped among teens and young adults while simultaneously rising among older adults, according to a new report on Social Media and Young Adults from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Some other highlights:

  • Both teen and adult use of social networking sites has risen significantly: 73% of wired American teens now use social networking websites, 72% of online 18-29 year olds use them, and 47% of online adults use them. Among adult profile owners 73% have a profile on Facebook, 48% have a profile on MySpace and 14% have a LinkedIn profile.
  • Teens are not using Twitter in large numbers. Young adults lead the way when it comes to using Twitter or status updating. One-third of online 18-29 year olds post or read status updates, and 19% of adult internet users use Twitter or similar services to post short status updates and view the updates of others online.