Teenage internet dating statistics
Australian and US data indicate that teens are moving away from the social media heavyweight Facebook: One of the factors making social media, user-generated content and professional online video desirable to teenagers is the convenience of associated mobile apps that allow users to quickly and easily view, stream, contribute and update content.
ACMA research found adult app users reported two main benefits when using apps—the ease with which they could use online services via their mobile phone and immediate access to the services they required. In relation to teens aged 14–17, 65 per cent with a smartphone downloaded an app during 2013.
Teenagers account for seven per cent of the total number of Australians aged 14 and over who use social networking sites.
The majority of teenagers are users of social media and as a group they continue to explore different types of content offered online, particularly those with an entertainment element such user-generated content (UGC) platforms and professional online video content (OVC).
ACMA research into the online lives of young Australians has found that by the time they reach the age of 17, the internet has become a thoroughly integrated part of their everyday lives. Online participation by Australian teenagers has significantly changed in the four years from December 2009 to December 2013.
This is evident in the increased intensity of activities undertaken online by teenagers and their higher use of mobile phones to access online content.
In comparison, of those aged 18 to 54, 69 per cent conducted banking and finance transactions online and 52 per cent bought or sold goods or services online during December 2013.
However, despite these limitations, the activities that teenagers do undertake online are preparing them to fully engage in the digital economy later in life (Figure 1): Available data shows that teenagers without a home internet connection come from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds.
During December 2013, 84 per cent of teenagers performed one or more activities online, compared to 82 per cent during December 2009.
Figure 5 shows that the majority of teenagers are considered intensive users of the internet.
During December 2013, 55 per cent performed four or more different types of activities compared to 37 per cent in 2009—an increase of 51 per cent from 345,000 to 522,000 teenagers.
This snapshot presents the latest research on the digital life of Australian teenagers.