How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet

The web is filled with videos, social media chatter, and more resources than your brain can handle. Who is putting all that stuff online? According to a new study on internet usage by different generations, all the content on the web may be coming from some unexpected places.

That’s because the millennial generation seems to be far and away the most connected and ready to share online. 20% of all members of that generation have posted a video of themselves online. That’s compared to just 2% of the boomer generation.

Bear that in mind the next time you hear about just how vast the web is. It’s getting filled up (quite quickly, mind you) with lots of resources made or shared by the younger generation. While I’m not saying everything on the web is by a 14-year-old, I don’t think I’d be surprised to learn if a large portion of the web actually is from people that age.

To put this all into context, think about your classroom or fellow students. They are the ones shaping the content of the web right now. They’re the ones who will be using the web the most relative to other generations. They are next in the line of overseers of the web. In the very near future, members of the millennial generation will begin taking on roles that dictate the future of the web, what it can and should be used for, and more.

As a teacher, it’s important to understand that.

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3 Comments

  1. merian

    September 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Very cute and interesting, but what’s it with the all-male avatars? (OK, maybe one or two could pass as androgynous.) Seriously.

  2. Lauren

    October 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

    What an interesting post! I will definitely share this with all of my fellow teachers. I would even like to use this somehow with my students so that they can see the different demographics of internet users. Thanks for the information!

  3. James Davis

    October 23, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Wow great information on the infographic. The numbers are pretty much what i expected them to be.