Teen Social Media Usage Doubles

Whether or not you have teenage children – even if you don’t know a teenager – you must read the results of the latest Pew Research Center survey, Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022, which found that 95 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have access to a smartphone and 46 percent of them say they are “almost constantly” online. That’s up from 24 percent from eight years ago.

Pew researchers surveyed 1,316 teens in April 2022. More than half (54 percent) said it would be difficult for them to give up social media, especially for the older respondents aged 15 to 17.

These results are not surprising. However, as presented, the survey offers a directional understanding of just how difficult it is going to be to rein in social media addiction, online bullying, unintentional propagation of misinformation at scale, and (of course) weaponized information.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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