The report that follows looks at teens’ basic definition of writing, explores the various kinds of writing they do, seeks their assessment about what impact e-communication has on their writing, and probes for their guidance about how writing instruction might be improved. Most teenagers spend a considerable amount of their life composing texts, but they do not think that a lot of the material they create electronically is real writing.
Having teachers or other adults who challenge them, present them with interesting curricula and give them detailed feedback also serves as a motivator for teens.
Teens also report writing for an audience motivates them to write and write well.
94% of teens use the internet at least occasionally to do research for school, and nearly half (48%) report doing so once a week or more often.
For more information, please visit Part 3: Teens and Their Writing Habits on page 10 in the main report.
For more on this topic please see Part 7: The Way Teens See Their Writing and What Would Improve It starting on page 42.