"Adults email – Teens IM"

[Link to the story] … which is not really much of a story for those of us who have teens in the house; yet, it is the scope of the difference between adults and teens that’s interesting.  Adults are doing less IM … hmmmmm …

Although the article mentions some potential confusion among adults as to whether to include IMs from phones and web sites, I’m curious about the amount of IMs at work – especially if the organization uses some networked instant message/chat tool.

percentage of adults and teens regarding email and IM

Nearly half of teens ages 13 to 18 use instant messaging … Three-quarters of adults said they sent more e-mails than instant messages. The ratio was nearly reversed for teens …

Another lil’ personal observation … when a teen says the email each other, they’re likely referring to sending notes to each other’s My Space pages.  Not really emailing.


About Rory

I make my home in the central part of the Garden State along with my family. When I'm not working as an Instructional Designer (focusing mostly on Web-Based learning ... and other eLearning technologies) or researching something, I'm found at home playing computer or video games. Among other things, I volunteer as a choir member and catechist for 8th graders at my parish.
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2 Responses to "Adults email – Teens IM"

  1. nkilkenny says:

    Hey, Rory,

    You might be interested in some other studies I’ve found on youth use of the internet via PEW. It’s interesting to note that one of their studies found that 88% of teen-aged girls were on the internet compared to 85% of boys. Girls use the internet more for social interaction and even planning events with their friends.

    Social Networking Websites and Teens: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/118/social-networking-websites-and-teens
    Teens, Technology, and School: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Internet_and_schools_05.pdf
    Mean Teens Online: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/527/cyber-bullying
    Teens and Technology: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Teens_Tech_July2005web.pdf

  2. Rory says:

    Thanks so much for these links/studies, Natalie. Will definitely look into those.


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