SEATTLE, WA (February 22, 2011) — According to a new 30 Hour Famine study, 4 out of 5 teens (80%) use social media, almost half (44%) say they’ve become more aware of the needs of others as a result of their use of social media like Facebook and Twitter, and about 1 in 3 (34%) “friend,” “like,” or “follow” charitable organizations or causes they believe in.
The survey, commissioned by the international relief and development group World Vision, also reveals that girls are more likely than boys to say they’ve become more aware of the needs of others as a result of their use of social media (51% of girls vs. 38% of boys). The study was conducted online in January by Harris Interactive among more than 500 youth ages 13 to 17 years old.
GIRLS MORE CHARITABLE?
- Girls more likely than boys to “friend”, “like” or “follow” charities they support and causes they believe in (41% vs. 27%)
- Girls more likely to support charities symbolically (43% vs. 31%) and vocally (38% vs. 27%)
“While social media may be decried by some for the time teens today spend on it, the truth is it can help today’s youth learn more about important things in life. More than 2 in 5 teens say they have become more aware of the needs of others because of their use of social media, which helps spread the word among their circle. This is teens using social media for social good,” says Regina Corso, Senior Vice President, Harris Poll Public Relations and Youth Research with Harris Interactive.
What do YOU think?
Is teen involvement in social media positive or harmful? Can social media be used to change our world for the better?
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