New Pew Surveys: Online Video & Web Use Among Teens

Breaking from South America debriefing to let loose on some encouraging data released in the past month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project

Lee Rainie’s latest Online Activities & Pursuits survey (d/l .pdf) spotlights increased use of video-sharing sites. Interesting to see this data as it coincides with renewed interest in online video endeavors thanks to the writers strike. Another Pew Survey released six months ago had the percentage of adults (with Internet) who watch video online at 57%. In the end, it’s not about percentages but quality minutes spent viewing online video programming both original and otherwise.

I missed the report on Teen Content Creators (d/l .pdf), released before the holidays, until I caught mention of it on David Weinberger’s blog Friday morning. But a preliminary look at the report shows positive trends in the ways in which teens are engaging in social networks and online activities. Nearly twice as many girls blog than boys, however, that ratio is reversed when it comes to posting online video. 89% of teens who post photos online (47%) say their photos occasionally get commented on.

Previous posts about Pew Internet:
* Is MySpace the Teenage Parking Lot of Today?
* Future of the Internet: Liberty + Privacy
* Pew: Nearly 50 Million Create Own Web Content

VIDEO: Icebergs Broken Off the Upsala Glacier & New Years

I took some short videos on my trip — this one was from the catamaran trip to various glaciers in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. According to the guides, three days prior to our tour, the Upsala Glacier began breaking up sending off these brilliant icebergs seen below and in my photos. Usually the catamaran would go right up to the glacier — which is 4 times the size of Buenos Aires and twice the size of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Temperatures had been warm — even for summer.

Also, check out the band just after New Years (and finally it begins getting dark) at Los Cauquenes near Ushuaia, Argentina.

PHOTOS: Penguins, New Years, Fin del Mundo, Tierra del Fuego

Part 3, the final installment of my Patagonia photos, from Ushuaia, Argentina — the southermost city in the world and capital of Tierra del Fuego province. Photos from Santiago Chile will follow — I am now back in Los Angeles, feeling great, refreshed, and back to the so-called grind. Let’s grab coffee or a drink! Happy New Year.

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