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Tech preference: teens in Hyderabad bid goodbye to SMS service

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Close to 83 per cent of the Generation Z prefer Facebook. The teens in Hyderabad definitely love Twitter. Close to 45 per cent of the respondents of the survey had Twitter accounts.

A strange kind of paradox is at play among teenagers in Hyderabad when it comes to their preferences in technology.

On one hand, a smart phone for a teenager in the city is the most coveted electronic gadget. At the same time, a typical teenager here prefers to socialise face to face with friends rather than on Internet, through phone calls or the social media.

Close to 83 per cent of the Generation Z (those born post 1995) in Hyderabad prefer Facebook while Google plus is preferred by 73 per cent of teens. Rather contrastingly, overall, close to 80 per cent of teens in the city opt for traditional media outlets like television and newspapers to consume news followed by 42 per cent of youngsters who use links from friends or family in Facebook of Twitter.

These and several other interesting behavioural patterns on digital habits of youngsters between 12 and 18 years in Hyderabad came to the fore in the TCS Youth Survey.

The teens in Hyderabad definitely love Twitter. Close to 45 per cent of the respondents of the survey had Twitter accounts and 68 per cent of girls and 51 per cent of boys follow celebrities on Twitter.

The teens here have also bid goodbye to the good old SMS service. Nearly 66 per cent of the teenagers prefer instant messaging platform WhatsApp, followed by Google Hangouts at 12 per cent. On an average, 75 per cent of the teens in the city spend close to an hour online, 37 per cent respond to notifications once a day and 31 per cent respond within 30 minutes of receiving them, according to a statement from the TCS.

Interestingly, 59 per cent of the respondents in the survey said their online activities are monitored by parents and 64 per cent said that their parents have access to their online accounts. A whopping 91 per cent have said that they shop online and 62 per cent buy books online.

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