The Pomo Blog reports on the growing importance of the net - relative to TV - for young people:
My youngest daughter (13) was talking about "away messages" and her AOL Instant Messenger last week, so I thought it was time to Google. Apparently, there's a whole cottage industry developing for away messages, and sociologists are studying why. It seems that young people want to live simultaneously in the real and cyber worlds. This is especially true on college campuses. Clever away messages allow a student's "presence" to remain online while they're attending classes. The Web's social network capacity is unlike anything we've experienced before.
Maybe that's why last week's Edison Media Research/Arbitron survey showed 54 percent of people aged 12-24 would rather give up their television than the Internet. This is a significant generation gap, for their parents would rather do the opposite
heh. Maybe I'm not so far gone; I'd rathe lose TV than the net. I see the effect with kids as well. My daughter (13) spends a lot of time on NeoPets (as do most of her friends) and on IM. And she is adamant about leaving away messages and the like. It's a brave new world out there...