I enjoyed these observations of a mobile tech pundit on why his 13-year-old granddaughter, Caroline – who he says sends 200+ text messages a day, seven days a week – and her peers are so into texting.... First there's the urgency/immediacy factor, J. Gerry Purdy writes: The little trill that sounds when a message has arrived creates a sense of urgency to respond that becomes a chain reaction … [Read more...] about Why do kids text so much?
Micro-blogging via Twitter has really taken off in Japan. In fact, proportionately more Japanese than Americans tweet: 16.3% of Japan's Internet users vs. 9.8% of the US's, according to an article in the Washington Post. Compare that to Facebook use in Japan at only 3% of Net users vs. 62% of US Net users also using Facebook, the article cites Nielsen research as showing. Japan's No. 1 social … [Read more...] about Twitterers in US and Japan
Interesting: We're getting smarter about our online spin control, especially the younger Net users among us, but apparently not because we're getting more concerned about our online reputations. According to Pew/Internet's latest report, "Reputation Management & Social Media," "Young adults, far from being indifferent about their digital footprints, are the most active online reputation … [Read more...] about Online reputation management: Getting smarter, Pew says
A lot of sexting numbers have been tossed around the airwaves after four separate national studies. I'd go with the latest (last December) from the Pew Internet & American Life Project: 4% of US 12-to-17-year-olds have sent "sexts," 15% have received one from someone they know (see this for more). Why Pew? Because they focused on the age range and issue of greatest concern due to … [Read more...] about Sexting primer for parents: In case some basics would help
Last year, the time Americans spent social networking grew 277%, Twitter grew 500%, and the average US worker spends five hours a moth visiting social network sites at the office. Oh yeah, and Facebook is the No. 3 site for Americans 65 and older (smart grandparents). All this is according to Nielsen's Fact Sheet 2010. As for general Internet use (not just the social part), Nielsen says there are … [Read more...] about 2010 social Web snapshot: Nielsen & Pew