Being networked and being engaged

Bernard J. Jansen, Kate Sobel, Geoff Cook

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Teenagers and young adults born between 1981 and 2000 are a critical demographic group economically and are one of the first demographics presented with an array of Internet social networking services just as their online habits are forming. Based on a survey of 34,514 teen and young adult respondents, the research reported in this paper is a descriptive and inferential analysis of reported ecommerce information behaviors on four social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, myYearbook, and Twitter). We use k-means clustering analysis to find groups of these users based on their levels of being networked on and being engaged with social networking services. Results show that the majority of this demographic have accounts on multiple social networking sites and specific sites result in different information behaviors. More than 40% engage in three social networking sites and an additional 20% have four social networking accounts. We also found that there are distinct information behavioral differences among eight distinct clusters of users, indicating that companies may need to employ advanced analytical techniques to segment the youth market. We also investigate the motivations for using different social media sites. Findings show that this young demographic has complex ecommerce information behaviors that call for nuanced approaches in advertising, marketing, or other areas of information targeting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 iConference
Subtitle of host publicationInspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2011
Event6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 8 Feb 201111 Feb 2011

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA


  • Information collaboration
  • Information production
  • Information seeking
  • Information sharing
  • Information use
  • Online human information behavior
  • Social media
  • Social networking
  • Social technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Jansen, B. J., Sobel, K., & Cook, G. (2011). Being networked and being engaged. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 (pp. 130-136). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).