Monday, February 8, 2010

Random Aside - Blogs Getting "Older?"

I know this isn't a "thing," but I just had to post it. A friend brought it to my attention when I told him I was working with blogs for class. It's an article discussing the usage of blogs, and how while the number of people using blogs hasn't changed much recently, the age of the users have. Most people under the age of 18 find blogs to be too long and boring to keep up with in comparison to updates on sites like facebook and twitter. Does this reinforce the stereotype that the younger generation is too ADD? I personally like the longer bits of information found in blogs. Status updates are too impersonal or trivial. Knowing what show someone is watching or nothing besides how someone is feeling doesn't do it for me. Thoughts?

Is blogging a slog? Some young people think so

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this article. I find it interesting that they mention how blogs are still useful, just not "sexy". ;-)

    I can see how younger generations might be turned off of blogs because of the length. My students can hardly wait to check their friends' status updates. But I think that there is only so much you can say in 140 characters of micro-blogging on things such as Twitter. I enjoy Facebook and Twitter, but I also like to read opinions and ideas, and view beautiful pictures on blogs. I can see the advantage to both. But I'm not a teenager either.

    I have polled my high school classes before and most say that they definitely have web sites that they visit often (ESPN, CNN, GOOGLE, etc.) but most don't actively read blogs.

    I think the key is actually finding blogs that interest you. There are a lot of blogs out there that I find pretty boring, which can turn some people away from them if that is the only experience they have had with them.