Thursday, February 4, 2010

In which I find out I am behind the times

A new study has pointed out that those of us who blog are, in fact, old fogeys ....

Could it be that blogs have become online fodder for the -- gasp! -- more mature reader? A new study has found that young people are losing interest in long-form blogging, as their communication habits have become increasingly brief, and mobile.

The study, released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, found that 14 percent of Internet youths, ages 12 to 17, now say they blog, compared with just over a quarter who did so in 2006. Pew found a similar drop in blogging among 18- to 29-year-olds.

But wait, there's more:

The Pew study found, for instance, that the percentage of Internet users age 30 and older who maintain a blog increased from 7 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2009.

So are those of us older than 30 the only ones who can pay attention to a message that's more than 140 characters? Or have the kids decided to move on to something that their parents and grandparents aren't as likely to access? (Though I do know folks who use Facebook to keep track of the kids and grandkids.)

With social networking has come the ability to do a quick status update, and that has "kind of sucked the life out of long-form blogging," says Amanda Lenhart, a Pew senior researcher and lead author of the latest study.

Well, maybe ... then again, I prefer conversation to sound bites. Don't mind me ... I'll just take my laptop over to the rocking chair ....

See the full Associated Press story here:

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