Analysis: Do Youth Media Habits Predict The Future Of Media?
Fred Wilson wrote the other day about what observing his kids’ media habits tells him about the future of media — I’ve has a similar impulse to try to draw insights from observing real young people’s media habits. But is this the best way to predict the future of media?
When I was a kid, I:
- Watched a lot of cartoons
- Watched a lot of TV generally
- Played a lot of video games
Never listened to NPR
- Didn’t read the New York Times
- Didn’t use any text-based communication, i.e. never wrote letters
None of these are true anymore. Most striking is I don’t watch any TV. And I spend half my day communicating in text (mostly email). When I was a teenager in the late 80s, just prior to the dawn of the Web era, I’m sure newspaper publishers we’re bemoaning that kids these days don’t read newspapers.
Yet I became a newspaper reader…except that I don’t read newspapers in print…except for my local paper that arrives on my doorstep.