Twitter usage among young adults is one of the few areas where there have been significant changes lately. Since May 2011, daily usage of Twitter among those 18 to 24 increased from 9% to 20%, a trend the Pew report attributes to the increasing popularity of smartphones among this group. Smartphone users, after all, are far more likely to use Twitter daily than those with feature phones (13% vs. 3%).
Everyone called this one: once young people figured out how convenient and useful Twitter is on mobile, usage rates would go up, and so it has. This is especially interesting to me in the context of Twitter’s usefulness in worldwide protests and Occupy Wall Street, even going back to the big RNC protests in 2008. This study, like many others, also point out the popularity of Twitter among US minorities.