Predictors for internet usage of teenagers in the United States: A multivariate analysis

James Chien Chung Tsao, Sara Steffes-Hansen

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Abstract

Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 make up approximately 17% of the world population. In the United States, there are 31 million teenagers representing the largest age segment of the American population since Baby Boomers. The significant impact made by teen consumption, demographics, lifestyle, and media usage on the American economy, as well as on the global market, has been increasingly drawing advertiser interest. This study surveyed 437 American teenagers who attend 11 high and middle schools in a Midwestern state. Findings provide insight on effects of teen socialization needs on Internet motivations. It also sheds light on the methods for effectively reaching segments of the teen audience for marketing communications that incorporate interactive media. Implications for market segmentation, marketing promotions, product selections, social engagement on the Internet, and website design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-192
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Marketing Communications
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

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Multivariate analysis
Teenagers
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World Wide Web
Teens
Demographics
Web site design
Market segmentation
Global market
Baby boomers
Lifestyle
Marketing communications
Socialization
Marketing

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Internet
  • Marketing communications
  • Teenagers
  • Uses and gratifications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing

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Predictors for internet usage of teenagers in the United States : A multivariate analysis. / Tsao, James Chien Chung; Steffes-Hansen, Sara.

In: Journal of Marketing Communications, Vol. 14, No. 3, 07.2008, p. 171-192.

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