Monday 11 January 2010

Generation gaps in technology use

Yesterday's Sunday New York Times had an article called "The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s" that looked at how people born in different years use new technologies. OK, so you knew that there are differences between baby boomers & Gen X-Y; but did you know that there are big differences between people born in the 80's and people born in the 90's or the 00's? According to the article, "'People two, three or four years apart are having completely different experiences with technology,' says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. 'College students scratch their heads at what their high school siblings are doing, and they scratch their heads at their younger siblings. It has sped up generational differences...' Studies show that 16- to 18-year-olds perform seven tasks, on average, in their free time — like texting on the phone, sending instant messages, and checking Facebook while sitting in front of the television; while people in their early 20s can handle only six, and those in their 30s about five and a half."

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