Young people in the Netherlands aged 16-28 use different types of messaging (tweets, posts, whatsapp and texts), depending on the, according to a study by KPN’s youth brand Hi, among 760 young people. Young people will send SMS texts mainly to their parents, to pass on practical messages. They will use whatsapp as a social binding tool to stay in contact with their friends (87%) and girl or boy friend (49%). Almost a third of young people send more than 30 whatsapp messages per day.
Around 62 percent of respondents send messages mainly from their living room couch, with 44 percent sending from public transport.
Facebook, together with WhatsApp, lead in terms of social media and messaging, despite the company reporting a decline in use by young people; SMSing and Twitter are less popular. Around two-thirds of young people are active on Facebook on a weekly basis and one-third for Twitter. Tumblr and Instagram followed behind.
Young people say they get a confidence boost when people like a post, when their message gets retweeted or they get another similar message. Around 45 percent said their confidence was lifted; 35 percent said that posts upped creativity and 17 percent said some posts raised their standing in the eyes of their friends. More boys (20%) thought this than girls (14%).
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