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Video chat gaining in popularity among teenagers, study shows

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(Read caption) Video chat is gaining in popularity among teenagers, a new study from the Pew Internet Project shows. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, watches a demonstration of Video Chat at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., on July 6, 2011.

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Among US 12-to-17-year-olds, the most avid users of videochat – such as on iChat, Skype, or “hangouts” in Google+ – are also the most avid social networkers, according to just-released data from the Pew Internet Project, indicating to me how integral video chat is becoming to socializing and keeping in touch with friends and family.

This study focused on teens, but I have a feeling the numbers are just as high and climbing among whole families with kids in college and extended families spread out geographically.

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