Just picked up on some Nielsen research on Twitter demographics that states Twitter is not being picked up by the kids. The average user is 35 – 49, which is nice because it means I’m dragging down the average (just) and it gives a tiny bit of creedance to my belief that Gen Y and the Millenials are not actually all that when it comes to technology.
Some theories have been put forward as to why this is, old ppl like it cos its simple and/or they band wagon jumping setting up accounts but actually using it and its too dull in comparison to stuff like Facebook.
None of which seem to ring true to me, Facebook is trying to become twitter it seems (though not very popularly or successfull) and for as long as I have used Twitter the majority of users I know on it seem to be my age or older. If anything its the youngsters that have only started joining and not using it to the same degree.
I know much is made of the fact that they are the first generation to grow up with the internet as a de facto part of existence, are incredibly au fait with all stuff digital and are the trailbalzers on the new frontier. However, knowing, being friends with and having worked with the odd one I don’t see that, they are quicker to adopt something once it has already tipped and more trusting when it comes to putting their life online, but its the older generation that I see as the ones who are pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with technology.
Or am I wrong and this is the beginning of an age induced meh at the young people?