Pew Knows What Your Kids Are Doing Online

Turns out the “You” in TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” might be less of us than we thought. Even those who maintained that the overheated cover story overstated “our” involvement in various social networking services allowed that our kids were using MySpace, etc., all the time. Turns out that researchers at the Pew Internet and American Life Project actually asked around 1,000 teens what they were doing online. What they found and reported in “Social Networking Websites and Teens” (press release, full PDF) doesn’t necessarily confirm the conventional wisdom.
According to the report, only 55 percent of online teens use social networks. That’s a lot, to be sure, but it’s not everyone. “There is a widespread notion that every American teenager is using social networks, and that they’re plastering personal information over their profiles for anyone and everyone to read,” said researcher Amanda Lenhart. “These findings add nuance to that story