Google+ pips Twitter in popular choice among teens, Facebook most popular



If you think teenagers are more on micro-blogging site Twitter than Facebook, a recent survey will prove you wrong.

While Facebook won the top slot, Google+ came second and Twitter third, in a survey conducted across 14 cities among children studying in classes 8 to 12.

The survey, conducted by TCS, was done among 12,365 students and almost 90% of the students chose Facebook over Google+. As 65% chose Google+, surprisingly 44.1% preferred Twitter.

It is worth mentioning that 45.5% of those polled stated they use social networking sites for completing school assignments.

For studies, 63.1% respondents used online resources like Wikipedia followed by PDFs at 50.9% and online videos with 44%.

Also, e-Commerce sites were also a hit among teens as over 66% said they shop online.

Electronic gadgets topped the list with 64.5%, followed by books at 61.2% and tickets with 41.3%, the survey said.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp topped the list in messaging applications with 72% of those surveyed in Mumbai using it while boys outnumber girls by a huge 42 percentage points.

When it came to security, half of the parents monitored their children’s online activities while 52.2% respondents said their parents also have access to the social media accounts.

Teens also keep themselves up-to-date as 76.3% used television and newspapers for latest news, while 52.7% said they use online sources.

HR global head of TCS, Ajoy Mukherjee, said the need to be constantly aware, always connected and make informed choices is in the basic DNA of the post-millennial students.

As per the survey, respondents said they spend nearly an hour per day online, nearly three-fourths of them use smartphones even though nearly half of them use home PCs or desktops for accessing internet, it said