To be young when radio started broadcasting must have been something. To be the first generation to watch television could have been interesting.
But, neither of those technological and social breakthroughs provided the opportunity to create the way that the web does. And teenagers growing up with the web are doing just that, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, Teen Content Creators and Consumers.
From the abstract to the report:
Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations
This is probably a good reminder to those of us who focus so much upon helping people find information on the web, that the internet is more than just an information repository, or a place to conduct commercial activities. The web is also a place to create, and to collaborate.
And it’s the young who seem to be leading the way.