Blogging is so last decade.
According to a new survey by the Pew Research Group, only 15% of Internet users ages 18-29 maintained a blog in 2009, whereas 24% of that age group did so in 2007. Part of the reason for this decline is that more young adults are switching to social networking sites where they can post shorter personal updates, also known as micro-blogging.
Yet, there does seem to be a more fundamental shift happening as well. The same study found that just 8% of Internet users ages 12-17 use Twitter. That’s even less than the 9% of people age 50-64 who use it.
So young adults are foregoing longer blogs for shorter posts, and many teens are foregoing shorter posts all together. As one researcher explained to the Washington Post, “Most teens are not interested in being truly public.”
Could this be the beginning of the end for the culture of over-sharing? Probably not. For the time being, it seems that teens are actually relying more on texting. Lee Aase, manager of social media at Mayo Clinic, told USA Today that teens are “so into text-messaging that the niche is already sort of filled for them.”If you need proof that over-sharing is alive and well among America’s youth, just consider that 20% of teens admit to sexting.
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