Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Totally Wireless On Campus (it's just a part of life)

"Today's young 'digital natives' can't live, or study, without technology."

Sharon Jayson's front page article in USA Today's "Life" section (D), reminds us that "wireless" has deeply penetrated our society and that we no longer view the state of constant connectedness as a luxury - it's a way of life.

A.J. Hunter of Uniondale, Ind., is a typical tech-savvy college student. He can access the social networking site Facebook from his cellphone. He uses e-mail and instant messaging anywhere on the wireless campus (Ball State Univ). He downloads music to his laptop and his iPod, and he uses a 1-gigabyte flash drive provided by the university to transfer files and songs and to access his digital portfolio.

Technology is so second-nature, "I can't even think of when I use it and when I don't. It's such a part of life," he says.

Studies by the International research and consulting firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, found the average age for first Internet use was 12 years, 3 months; 24% of the 1,021 young adults surveyed say they were 10 or younger.

That report found they were spending an average of 21.3 hours online each week. Data from an Educause survey of 28,000 students at 96 colleges and universities, to be released in December, show some young people are spending "literally 10, 12, 14, 16 hours a day online.

Though many studies have tried to calculate time spent on the Web, researchers increasingly say it is difficult to quantify because the Internet has become so interwoven into daily life.
"Basically, they're online always," says Steve Jones, a senior research fellow with the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "It's so integrated into other routines. It's no longer an activity unto itself."

Read Sharon's complete article HERE.

And, don't forget to take your Vitamin "W" today. Wireless, don't leave home without it.


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