37 Percent Of Teens Video Chat
May 3, 2012

37 Percent Of Teens Video Chat

A new survey carried out by the Pew Research Center´s Internet & American Life Project looked at how teenagers use video chat to communicate.

Pew surveyed 799 teenagers between 12- to 17-years old during April 19 through July 14, 2011 for the study.

The research firm found that 95 percent of teenagers use the Internet, whether for online video chat or logging into Facebook.

According to the survey, 37 percent of teens participate in video chats with others using applications like Skype, Googletalk or iChat.

Pew also found that girls were more likely to use video chat applications than boys.  Forty-two percent of girls who use the Internet have video chatted, compared to about a third of the boys in the same category.

The older a teen is, the more likely they are to talk to friends or relatives through video chatting applications.  Pew said 34 percent of 12 to 13 year olds use video chat, compared to 39 percent of 14 to 17 year olds.

A parent's education also plays a role in whether or not a teenager participates in video communications.  Just 14 percent of teens in families that have a less than high school education of parents use video chat, compared to 43 percent of parents who went to college.

Switching gears, Pew also found that 77 percent of all teens say they use social networking sites like Facebook.  However, only 16 percent of the teens who use the Internet use microblogging site Twitter.

Those teens that are on social networks are also more likely to be video chatters as well.  Pew said 41 percent of teenage Facebook users video chat, compared to 25 percent of those who are not Facebook users.

Although the percentage of teenage Twitter users is smaller than Facebook users, their likelihood of communicating through video is higher.  Sixty percent of Twitter users surveyed said they video chat.