How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet

Posted by The Committed Sardine on

“This infographic posted on Edudemic by Katie Lepi provides us with a profile of past and present generations and how they play, connect, and interact with the world. ”


via Edudemic

The web is filled with videos, social media chatter, and more resources than your brain can handle. Who is putting all that stuff online? According to a new study on internet usage by different generations, all the content on the web may be coming from some unexpected places.

That’s because the millennial generation seems to be far and away the most connected and ready to share online. 20% of all members of that generation have posted a video of themselves online. That’s compared to just 2% of the boomer generation.

Bear that in mind the next time you hear about just how vast the web is. It’s getting filled up (quite quickly, mind you) with lots of resources made or shared by the younger generation. While I’m not saying everything on the web is by a 14-year-old, I don’t think I’d be surprised to learn if a large portion of the web actually is from people that age.

To put this all into context, think about your classroom or fellow students. They are the ones shaping the content of the web right now. They’re the ones who will be using the web the most relative to other generations. They are next in the line of overseers of the web. In the very near future, members of the millennial generation will begin taking on roles that dictate the future of the web, what it can and should be used for, and more.

As a teacher, it’s important to understand that.


About the Author

Katie was a teacher, graduate student, and is now the lady who makes sure Edudemic is as useful as possible. She oversees the editorial process and is basically a Swiss Army Knife of solutions.


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  2. Christy Hoff

    I think the smallish comment at the end of the graphic has great importance. (‘Although one might assume it may be best to allow… ” note bolded type for emphasis). In addition to understanding that this will be a primal means of communication, we also need to encourage F2F! The ‘boomers’ do not need to (and assuredly will not) worry about being lemmings following the millennials over the edge of the cliff into the web. I would still rather get a kiss than receive one virtually on a screen.

  3. Oscar Segovia

    I am, according to the criteria listed in this article, a late baby boomer and an educator. Yes, as a teacher, this is very important to know that our students are connected more often than I and that is how, in many ways they communicate. Nevertheless, good old fashioned direct instruction from teacher to student can be and will be very effective teaching tool. Will the “millennials” know how to work directly with people, a.k.a., work in a social setting?

    • Ross Crockett

      HI, Oscar! I want to apologize for my late reply to your comment. I agree with you completely—teachers are still and always our best technology. As 21st-century learning progresses, teachers often feel that digital technology is edging them out. In relation to your point about millenials working directly with people, showing and encouraging them to develop this crucial skill is one of the tenets of both global digital citizenship and collaboration fluency. We want schools to understand that ultimately technology is indeed supplemental as a tool for teaching and learning, rather than a substitute for meaningful and productive teacher and student connection. I truly appreciate your insights on this!

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