Like, Noooo, I Don’t Twitter …

Like, Noooo, I Don’t Twitter …

Multitasking with Blackjack and IPod TouchI just read this article, Why Teens Haven’t Embraced Twitter … Yet, and have often wondered the same thing. They are all over Facebook, can type about 100 words per minute with their two thumbs and spend hours on Youtube, so it’s not a lack of technology awareness.

Since both of my girls, 16 and 20, have alternately described Twitter as creepy, geeky, dorky and stupid, I asked Sara Ann, 16 (right, multitasking with Blackjack and IPod Touch), why Twitter holds no interest in her age group.

The conversation went something like this:
bgs: So, I just read this article online and I’m curious: why don’t you tweet?
Sara Ann: I don’t know (shrugs).
bgs: Because you think it’s dorky?
Sara Ann: Yeah (shrugs again).
bgs: Because Mom & Dad tweet and it’s icky to do things your parents do?
Sara Ann: No. I don’t care about that.
bgs: It lets you communicate with a lot of people at the same time, kind of like a group chat with only 140 characters.
Sara Ann: We text.
bgs: Yeah, but you can see what everyone is saying, not just one person.
Sara Ann: We do that on Facebook.
Bgs: oh. Ok.

Obviously, I’m no Barbara Walters, but what she’s saying is, we don’t need Twitter because we already have other tools that fill those needs. To try to convince her to tweet because I love it might work, but it’s more likely to elicit an eyeroll.

Though the article predicts that it will eventually catch on with the high school and college set, I’m not so sure. They really have no reason to change the way they share information; from their point of view there is no added benefit. And, it’s dorky.

Do you tweet? If so, follow me; if not, check it out, but only if you are really interested.

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By | 2015-09-02T21:15:06+00:00 January 29, 2009|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

3 Comments

  1. Gary January 29, 2009 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Good points Beth. I have been looking at nearbytweets for college towns and have found similar gaps in this age group. This could also have something to do with news. Neither facebook nor texting provide much in the way of outside news, but twitter can (witness inaug09 last week).

    However, from what I remember of my high school and college days, I didn’t care all that much about the news outside the small world of friends and family. I think that if some in the entertainment world twittered, it might catch on a little faster. Seems like there was someone mentioned recently, like a Lindsay Lohan type, who twitters. A few drunken twitters from a celeb and it may gain popularity. It will take some sort of viral thing along those lines to get the younger set involved.

  2. Caitlin January 29, 2009 at 10:21 am - Reply

    “creepy, geeky, dorky and stupid” is right on.

    Just give it time. I’ve been thinking about this same topic recently too.

    10 years ago, I remember spending most of my time playing on the computer, chatting in chat rooms, and even writing in my online journal (before the term blog got coined.) If I told anyone in school about what I was doing, the reaction was, “You talk to people online?!” or “You have -friends- online that you don’t know in real life? That’s creepy.” or “You put your thoughts on the internet for -everyone- to read?” They didn’t understand.

    I think it’s also has to do a little bit with how they wouldn’t know anybody. A lot of people in that age group aren’t going to join unless there is already a somewhat wide friend base on there. If you don’t know how to use it properly, then it’s kind of hard to find a friend. I remember when I joined a long time ago, I posted a couple updates, and thought, “Hm… nobody I know is on here..” and promptly forgot about it for a while.

    I’m slowly trying to get all my friends from college to join. Maybe if it starts to catch on at the university level, it will drop down to the high school level. Kind of like Facebook did.

    Who knows! I’m going to stop hypothesizing now. =)

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