Teenager Talks About What His Friends Do Online; Media Flips Out
from the someone-please-explain dept
The media seems to be falling all over itself to report on the “insights” coming out of a “report” put out by Morgan Stanley about how teens are using technology today. The report, it appears, isn’t an actual research analysis or anything. It’s just a 15-year-old intern writing about what his friends use technology-wise. That’s not to say it’s not interesting. It certainly gives a decent view of what’s happening in one kid’s social circle. Nothing in it seems all that surprising. Kids communicate a lot on the internet. They don’t buy music (oh yeah, he contradicts that “other” questionable study of the day that claimed streaming was replacing downloads by noting that his friends prefer to actually have the files, but don’t pay for them). It’s difficult to see why this is a big deal, but because Morgan Stanley put its logo on it, suddenly it’s getting a ton of coverage from Bloomberg, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Financial Times and others. It’s as if none of them have ever thought to actually ask a teenager what kind of media and technology he or she uses. But the key point here is that while there are some useful insights raised by the kid (though, nothing too surprising) it’s still just the anecdotal musings of one kid.