Research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 37% of online teens 12-17 years old have “video chatted” (two-way, streaming video) with other people using applications such as Skype, iChat or Googletalk. With 95% of teens in the U.S. using the Internet, this once sci-fi communication method finally may gain ground.
The study found social media users are much more likely to engage in video chats than non-users, as are teens from higher income families (46% from families with HHI $75,000+ vs. 32% from families earning under $50,000). Also, white teens are more likely to report video chatting than Latino teens (41% vs. 28%).
As with communication in general, girls are taking to it more than the boys with 42% of teen girls video chatting compared to only 33% of boys.