Living in a college town, and being a fairly socially active person, I hang out with a relatively large amount of college students (ages 19-24ish…). Recently I’ve realized a fairly significant generation gap.
I was sitting in room with about 20 college students and asked them how many of them read blogs. The general reaction was along the line of “isn’t that cute, the old guy thinks we still read blogs.” Sort of a bemused head shaking. They were well aware of blogs, they just don’t ever read them.
I know that if you expand this group out to about 100 college-aged-people, you get maybe 2 or 3 who are HUGE fans of two or three (or ten) blogs and are avid readers, but the rest don’t bother.
They spend all day on Facebook, almost literally.
Nobody IMs anymore. They text. (er… txt…)
They rarely use e-mail, except for work in which case it’s a necessary evil.
People still watch TV…
…and play a ton of video games.
So, blogs, which are my business, have become mainstream, and have captured the attention of big media, but are losing the attention of the emerging generation. What’s next?