May 21, 2013

Teens on Facebook: What They Share with Friends

The typical (median) teen Facebook user has 300 friends. The larger a teen’s network, the more likely they are to have a wider variety of friends and share more personal information. In the interactive below, click through the range of network ‘friend’ sizes to see changes in what they share, and how they compare to all teen Facebook users.

Shared Information
Network Variety
The % of Facebook-using teens
who say they have shared their… *
Teens with 1-150 friends
All teen Facebook users
The % of Facebook-using teens
who are friends with…
Real name
A photo of themselves
Interests: movies, music, books
School name
City or town where they live
Relationship status
Email address
Videos of themselves
Personal cell phone number
Friends at school
Extended family
Other friends that don't go to your school
Brothers or sisters
Other people you have never met in person
Teachers or coaches
Celebrities, musicians or athletes

*This question originally asked teens to think about the information they post to the social networking site they use most often.

Source: Pew Internet Parent/Teen Privacy Survey, July 26-September 30, 2012. n=802 teens ages 12-17. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish and on landline and cell phones. Margin of error for results based on teen Facebook users is +/- 5.3 percentage points.