Preparing for the NetGens

Preparing for the NetGens. Text Generation Growing Up Online

“With almost every girl and boy in Australia using the internet – 93 per cent, according to the latest reckoning – a new 'kid society' is blooming.

Internet messenger services, email, text and mobile phones are broadening children's social networks and making them virtually inseparable from one another.

As far as the online industry is concerned, internet use among young people is at saturation point. It is such a part of family life that 6 per cent of households report that they keep their computer in the dining room. A further 25 per cent have it in the living room, according to a new survey of internet attitudes by RedSherriff….

And while children may log off, they never leave. Their circle of internet friends gets bigger with the inevitable transition to mobile phones in the early teens. And that is when the messaging starts….

Internet and messaging exchanges between children and teenagers are inevitable and mostly positive, Associate Professor Nightingale said.

'The kids also quite like little digital cameras and use the cameras to introduce themselves to each other,' she said.

Writing a message means disclosing more feelings and creating deeper relationships. Mobiles and SMS were more 'here and now' than the internet, she said.” [Sydney Morning Herald, via Smart Mobs]

Should librarians care about this widespread adoption of instant messaging, connectivity, and interactivity by teens and tweens? New Scientist implies the answer is a pretty resounding yes.

Teenage Generation Is Biggest Ever

“Today's teenage generation is now the biggest the world has ever seen, according to a UN report released Wednesday. One in five people on Earth are adolescents between 10 and 19, and about half the world's population is under 25….

However, if their healthcare and social needs can be met, the adolescents could develop into the largest, most vibrant workforces ever seen when they reach adulthood.

'It's a pig in a python thing,' Marshall told New Scientist. The large teenage blip on the demographic chart will grow older demographically dominating the smaller younger and older age groups.”

[The Shifted Librarian]

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