63% of black teens use social networking profiles for communication

Among social networking teens, whites are more likely than blacks to use their social networking profile as a communication tool, whether to post messages to a friend’s wall (78% of whites do this, versus 63% of blacks) or to send private messages within the social networking system (75% v. 55%), according to Pew Internet Project. Indeed, fifteen percent of black social networking teens do not do any of the six activities listed above, compared with just 4% of white teens. The sample size of social networking Hispanic teens (n=62) is too small to make meaningful inferences about the communication choices of this group. Fully 63% of teens from households earning under $50,000 per year do this, compared with half (49%) of teens from higher-income households (somewhat lower rates of cell phone ownership among lower-income teens may help explain this phenomenon).