Interesting discussion during Dave Brownâ€™s Generation Y workshop at LIFT08. It seems asking a few teenagers how they use the Internet is always going to produce a few findings like these:
– Wikipedia is not seen as a very good/valuable source in school when it comes to usage in school work.
– They donâ€™t like to buy online much and as a result donâ€™t do it very often, whereas especially for these kids finance is not really a problem. Itâ€™s a trust issue.
– Although they consider their online friends and real friends to be the same (even if thatâ€™s talking about 300 people), the â€˜real worldâ€™ is very important for them and donâ€™t want to spend too much time online.
– Facebook is definitely still very hot! Itâ€™s used for planning of the immediate future and also for homework. Email within Facebook is used, but for totally different reasons as regular webmail such as Windows Live Hotmail.
– Last stunning fact: The images you find within the results of an image search are free to use for whatever reason, why else are they there? Thatâ€™s the reaction when someone talked about Creative Commons. So we told them these images still are owned by someone and have some kind of copyright applied to it.
[via Laurent Haug's blog]