I love to Tweet. It’s something that gets me out of class, out of boring dates and most importantly allows me to network and share my daily life with the world. I am a member of the net generation as many of you are. That generation born from 1982-1991, according to an article on BusinessWeek learns and lives quite differently from their parents. That means that educating and hiring–and quite frankly working with– the members of this generation is a different process, mostly due to the way we live our personal lives, completely online and completely open.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project survey, broken down by Mashable.com, tries to explain the ways the iGeneration–those born from 1991 through the current decade– lives and uses the devices we have begun to rely so much on. According to this survey the internet is used by just about everyone alive at this point in time– senior citizens use it and teens (from 12-17) use it. I’m sure if they polled younger than 12 they would find that just about everyone who can read uses it, but what the survey goes on to state is how exactly they use it and the frequency of use. Teens use it at least once a day while their college age brothers and sisters (or cousins) use it slightly more often. This generation in college–you and I–tend to use the internet for so many things, like blogging, tweeting and sharing where as they simply don’t. Teens also have more cellphones than ever before, and often prefer laptops to desktops to do whatever it is they do online, which includes social networking as opposed to tweeting. Only 8% of teens tweet, which is further validated by this trending topic on Twitter #teensdonttweet. They prefer to broadcast to a slightly smaller, more well known audience of their actual friends as opposed to their online friends.
Why do you think this is? I think it has to do with the fact that the Net Generation was kind of a guinea pig for all these things and we’ve made it easier for teens to access information via social networks. For example, why blog or Tweet, when you can simply update your Facebook status and create notes on the same site. For them it’s all about convenience, for us it was all experimentation. At least that’s what I got from the survey. Tweet or respond below to let me know what you think!