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New York Times Reports That Twitter Is Not Popular With Teenagers

Twitter Users: How Old Are You?

And here I thought by tweeting, I was keeping up with the kids! Not so, says The New York Times, which reports that despite Twitter's massive prominence, it has not found popularity with teens (what, are they all just sexting or something? Just kidding).

In fact, only 11 percent of its users are 12 to 17 years old — interesting since teen adoption helped blast MySpace into popularity years ago. So who is using Twitter? Us oldies, apparently! I kid, but I do want to know how old the average tweeter is, since so many GeekSugar readers are also Twitter users.

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akamikazebutterfly akamikazebutterfly 8 years
i'm in my late 30's and am currently using twitter as a means to an end, but i have to honestly say i find it difficult (and facebook even more so) as its such a different way to communicate that i'm not used to. i'm a bit surprised at the survey results as i assumed teens would have been the driving force.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I use Twitter for very different things. I broadcast Mac news and tips. I also interact with people that do the same. Twitter is a great resource for information. I wish there would have been another check box beyond +25. Sometimes I feel like I'm the oldest person that reads these blogs ;-)
elladebella elladebella 8 years
I am 14. Most use Facebook but in my school, but Twitter is getting popular.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i'm 30 and i love my twitter despite the crashes and stuff. i don't want the little brats on twitter. is nothing sacred anymore? everything awesome about twitter is for us grown folks!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
courtiebby courtiebby 8 years
I'm 14, and I am the only person that I know of in my school that uses Twitter. It's not all that well known here in Western Australia. Well, in my town anyway. I use it a lot, but that's mainly to keep up with all my friends overseas, not my friends in real life. Yeah, I don't actually know anyone else my age who uses it.
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
I'm almost 15 and none of the kids I know at my school use twitter. We all use facebook, and since pretty much every teenager in my area (probably the country) does too, there's no point in having twitter to keep us all updated. facebook is good for teens because not only can you communicate with everyone easily and find new friends, you can discuss homework, social events, etc. Also, my friend tried twitter for a little while...he had to get rid of his account because all these creepy old men started following him.
rach716 rach716 8 years
I'm a BIG fan of Twitter, I think it's an amazing tool for keeping up with people, getting the news, finding reviews on products/movies/restaurants, etc. For me, it serves a very different purpose than Facebook, which I also use. I think people who say Twitter is dumb/pointless or that they don't like it, don't fully understand all that you can do with it! Vivaciousv: I think that makes us middle-aged! hahaha
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 8 years
I'm 24 and I don't use either Facebook or Myspace. But I do love Twitter. Although I do turn 25 in a couple of months, does that make me one of the oldies? lol
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i am 19 and i only know a few ppl my age who use twitter.
tashab tashab 8 years
lol I find it funny that (at the time of posting this comment) the under 18 users is exactly 11%.
Performita Performita 8 years
LOL, apparently it's us "oldies" as you said :)
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
I'm 21.5 ;)
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