Teens turned off by Twitter

Yank teenagers are unimpressed with Twitter and who can blame them? Only eight per cent of online American teenagers have footled about with the micro-messaging site, research suggests.

They'll spend all day on Facebook but leave Twitter to boring old farts who generally have something to sell. The difference, 'experts' say is that teenagers have real friends so can't be arsed firing off missives into cyberspace in the hope that someone's listening. They've got SETI for that.

The report, from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, found that older teenagers are more likely to Tweet, with 13 per cent of high school girls using Twitter, compared with seven per cent of boys the same age. You can view the full report here.

But social networking in general is more popular than ever among teenagers - used by 73 per cent of those ages 12 to 17.

"It is steadily climbing," says Amanda Lenhart, the lead writer of the Pew report. "This is a very important way to manage your social life."

Blogging is old hat amongst teens, though. Only 14 per cent of the kids questioned said they blogged at all in 2009. That's half the 2006 figure.