Wired Pursuits

Archive for February 2008

­For those of you over 30 and especially anyone in their 40’s, it’s a totally different world out there when it comes to being social. The web has radically changed how the younger generation interacts with each other. Today’s teen doesn’t know a world without the Internet, IM, or cell phones. Heck, they can barely remember not having iPods, Flickr, and MySpace.

They’re wired, and wired to each other 24×7. Communications is liquid, flowing from one source to another, creating connections based on likes, dislikes, music, movies, unicorns, you name it.

Some stats…

  • 93% of American teens use the Internet compared to 70% of American adults.
  • 64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in one or more among a wide range of content-creating activities on the Internet.
  • 55% of online teens ages 12-17 have created a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace.
  • And my favorite, teenagers think email “is for old people” (according to a study by The Pew Trusts).

I started playing around with social media a couple years ago when I create a Facebook page (contrary to my kids believing I was stalking them online, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about). It changes how you think.  It makes communications more fluid and timeless. But I know that I’m still not thinking about social media the same way they do, because they don’t have to “think” about it – it’s just part of who they are.

So if you want a glimpse into their heads, just ask them to tell you about what they do online all day (and night). Or better yet, watch their reactions when you explain what a busy signal is (was), or talk about a time when there wasn’t call waiting, voice mail, cell phones, or instant messaging.

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