The Pew Research Center released results from their latest survey of teens and young adults about their Internet, social media, and mobile phone usage.
The study reveals a big shifts in the percentage of teens, young adults, and older adults who blog:
- 14% of online teens now blog, down from 28% in 2006
- 15% of young adults (18-29) now blog, down from 24% in 2007
- 11% of adults over the age of 29 now blog, up from 7%
The drop in blogging among teens and young adults coincides with the rise in social networking. 73% of online teens use social networks, up from 55% in 2006.
The report goes on to say:
As the tools and technology embedded in social networking sites change, and use of the sites continues to grow, youth may be exchanging ‘macro-blogging’ for microblogging with status updates.
That makes sense to me. Back in 2006, most teens who were blogging were doing so as a way of sharing their thoughts and lives with their friends. Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are better suited for that purpose
In the last 4 years blogging has matured, and more than just demographically.
Blogs have become more focused and more purposeful. Few people blog just to say what’s on their mind. Most people who blog do it because they’re passionate about a specific cause or field and want to teach, discuss, build community, and accomplish something in that area.
How have you seen blogs change over the last 4 years?