Tech-Savvy Tweens

tweens__cropped21.jpgAccording to the Nielsen Company, 35% of 8-12 year olds own their own cell phone. Twenty percent have used text messaging, and 5% have used their phone to access the Internet.

Tweens spend less time on the Internet, and they’re deserting TVs, CD players, and even computers. In Slate, Chad Lorenz noted that teens are abandoning email in favor of texting, IM, Facebook and MySpace. The Chronicle said colleges are creating podcasts and MySpace pages to communicate with students who think email’s passé.

Do you think this phenomenon will change the way future generations develop friendships and maintain community?

(HT: WorldMag)