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14-18 year olds and their tech

I’ll be doing a few panels of Millennials in the coming months. I always enjoy talking to these people and their insights and thoughtfulness always impresses. Therefore, I was particularly interested in this posting:
Emergic’s Rajesh Jains quotes Paul Kedrosky who quotes Steve Jurveston here:
“Guy Kawasaki arranged a panel of 14-18 year olds to address that question for an audience of investors.
All six panelists have iPods and cell phones (50% Motorola, 83% Cingular) and are active computer users (50% Mac).
None of them buys ring tones or cell phone applications. None of them plays mobile videos or listens to music from their cell phone. They primarily use their phones and computers to communicate.
With the computer, multitasking is the norm — with 13 open IM windows, music, email, browser and homework.
Gaming and TV were mildly interesting to 1 panelist.
Two panelists were MySpace users. The others expressed a certain backlash and purposeful resistance to the addiction of MySpace. One 14 year old used to be an active MySpace user but stopped after the police came to her school to warn the students about various dangers lurking there.”
Now I know that it’s all in the sample, but I also know that out of the dozens of these panels I’ve done, these results are not atypical.
Are our library services ready for this market?
Stephen

Posted on: June 4, 2006, 7:37 pm Category: Uncategorized