Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kids, Youth, And Digital Techonology

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In the midst of the digital age, technology is utilized across cultures, but how it’s used differs from country to country.

According to a global study from MTV, Nickelodeon, and Microsoft, culture, age, and gender have huge impacts on the use of technology by kids and teens around the world.

For instance, the average Chinese person has 37 online friends he or she has never met, while Indian youth are most likely to see cell phones as a status symbol, and 33 percent of UK and US teens say they can’t live without their gaming console.

Other tech traits in the study include...

  • 85 percent of young Dutch say they can’t live without email, while 80 percent of Danish youth can’t live without cell phones.

  • Japanese kids use instant messaging and email the least, with most having only one online friend they’ve never met.

  • Only 25 percent of German kids say the love the Internet.

  • Globally, the average young person has 94 numbers in their cell phone, 78 people on their messenger buddy list, and 86 people in their personal social networking community.

    Finally, the findings partially show that kids and teens don’t love technology itself – they just love how it enables them to communicate all the time, express themselves, and be entertained.

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