An increasing number of teenagers are turning to Twitter as their social networking website of choice, a new survey has found.
Research by US organisation the Pew Research Centre discovered that enthusiasm for Facebook is declining due to the increasing amount of adults using the site, people sharing excessively and "stressful drama".
In contrast, the number of teenagers visiting Twitter has risen, with 24 per cent of online teens using the site compared to 16 per cent in 2011.
The study also revealed that many young people carefully manage their social media profiles and the information they choose to share. Six in ten teens claimed to keep their profiles private and most are confident in their ability to manage their privacy settings.
Nearly three-quarters of the teens surveyed said they have deleted someone from their Facebook friends list at some point.
The scale of social media use is indicated by the fact that the typical teenager has 300 friends on Facebook and 79 followers on Twitter. Those teens that have the largest friends list tend to post the most information online, but also manage their accounts much more actively.
Social media is certainly becoming a more important part of people's lives. Earlier this year, a study by global information services company Experian found that the average UK internet user spends 13 minutes of every online hour on a social networking site.
Furthermore, research by Ofcom discovered that just under two-thirds of adult internet users had a social media profile in 2012.
Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are just two examples of how the internet allows people to stay in contact with one another. There is a wide range of other options, such as email, forums and online phone services like Skype.
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Posted by Mark Wynn