What college students do online differs from teens, according to the Center for Media Design and ExactTarget. Two in 10 girl high school students (19%) go online to shop, though only 4% search out online deals. However, as college students, 27% of girls specifically search for deals online.
More than half of all teens and young adults (55%) use the Internet to communicate with friends and family. Girls in high school are twice as likely as girls in college to socialize with online friends (42% vs. 24%). Similarly, 59% of boys in high school say communicating with friends and family online is a primary reason for using the Internet, compared to 28% of male college students.
Boys in high school are significantly more likely than their girl counterparts to use the Internet strictly for research and information (18% vs. 7%).
Four in 10 teens (40%) spend 3–6 hours online each day. Facebook is their most visited website (41%), followed by Flickr (34%), YouTube (31%), Google (25%), Twitter (25%), and MySpace (21%).
The largest number of teens have two email accounts (41%), while 23% have only one, 21% have three, and 15% have more than four. Nearly eight in 10 (79%) check their email multiple times a day. That said, email is the least likely way they stay in contact with their friends. Text messaging, by far, is their preferred method of communication (51%), followed by meeting in person (29%), via Facebook (25%), and talking on the phone (6%).
Slightly more than half of all teens (55%) have Twitter accounts. Teen girls are slightly more likely than teen boys to have a Twitter account (51% vs. 49%).
Nearly half of teen Internet users (48%) regularly purchase products such as music, books, and clothing online, up from 31% in 2000, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Teens age 14–17 are more likely than those age 12–13 to have made an online purchase (53% vs. 38%). Girls aged 14–17 are also more likely than their boy counterparts to buy things online (57% vs. 48%).[Source: "What Teens Do Online," "Teen Online Purchase Behaviors," "Changing Habits Among Online Youth." Youth Markets Alert/EPM Communications. 1 Aug. 2010. Web. 5 Aug. 2010.]