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Content Creation by teens continues to grow, with 64% of online teens 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation vs. 57% in ’04. 39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online while 33% create or work on web pages or blogs for others or school. 28% have created their own blog, up from 19% in ’04. This is almost completely driven by the popularity of blogging among girls. “Content is created for an audience,” notes Pew researcher Amanda Lenhart. “For teens, the beauty of the Internet, particularly social networking websites, is that content can be created and easily shared among a network of friends. Even more compelling is that people in those social networks can easily comment and give feedback on shared content.” For many teens, social network sites are now an integral part of the system of communication they use to conduct the work of their lives. 41% of the teens who use MySpace, Facebook or other social network sites say they send messages to friends via those sites every day. (International Journal of Climatology 12/07)