43% of teens who instant message use it for things they wouldn’t say in person.

Further enhancing the notion that you don’t need “beer muscles” to say something outrageous, America’s teens have now resorted to hiding behind their pc’s to say things to people they otherwise would not say face to face.

However, on the flip side IM’ing has led to a  significant spike in dates to the mall and the movies  since Twenty-two percent of teens use IMs to ask people out on dates or accept them. Unfortuntaely, fearing the fallout from rejection and or puppy dog eyes, 13%  have used IM for breaking up.

Interestingly enough for parents, this latest data has shot holes in their notion that their teenage son or daughter was banging out the rough draft on that report due next tuesday. Instead, nearly half of teens age 13 to 18 said they use instant messaging.

Among teenagers, about half of girls and more than a third of boys said they have used instant messages for things they wouldn’t say in person. Which means whatever you want it to mean, and we’ll leave it at that!

Teens also dominate when it comes to high usage. One in 10 say they spend three hours or more a day instant messaging, that’s right 3 hours. Nearly a fifth, or 17%, send more than 100 IMs daily. Ok so lets do some math. They go to school from 7:30 to 3, then there might be practice or homework or a job, so that means the better part of the evening is spent IM’ing. There is a some sort of cultural message there, but I’ll let you figure that out on your own.

The online survey of 410 teens and 836 adults was conducted from Oct. 25-Nov. 5 by Knowledge Networks. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 6 percentage points for teens and 4.3 points for adults.

The top 26 Social Networks for Business.

We have concentrated so much on niches in regards to social networks, i.e. music, baby boomers and video, that we thought we should shift the focus towards a more business centric viewpoint. Interestingly enough, the basis of these and all social networks really had it’s start in the business world. In part because that was how deals were made, relationships were formed and jobs were had. It was based on who you knew!

Having said that, lets look at the top social network sites geared towards Business interests.

LinkedIn

Affinity Circles

Craigslist

The Square

Contact Networks

Neighborhood America

Corporate Alumni

Ecademy

Entre Mate

Friendly Favors

I’m not from here

Konnects

LinkSV

Matcheroo

Mediabistro

NetModular

Networkiing for Professionals

PowerMingle

Real Contacts

Reunion

Ryze

Select Minds

Spoke

Teng

Visible Path

Facebook

Feel free to suggest some that I might have missed.