UK's tech-savvy millennium generation may 'lose its voice'
A new study has revealed that the 'Millennium Generation' of 14 and 15-year-olds, which is the most technologically-savvy age group in UK, might lose their voice as they keep busy texting and shun phone calls.
Jane Rumble, Head of Media Research at Ofcom, said that the changes we see with 12 to 15-year-olds spending so much time on social networks, texting and instant messaging that they are using the phone less and could be a millennium generation that would lose its voice, the Sky News reported.
Teenagers born at the turn of the millennium are unlikely ever to have experienced the old-fashioned "dial-up" internet. They are the first generation to take a speedy broadband connection for granted. WhatsApp and Facebook Teenagers have all but ditched voice calls for messaging services.
According to new Ofcom research it was established that just 3 percent of their communication time was spent making voice calls. Instead 94 percent was text based, such as instant messaging and social networking. That compares to an average adult who would communicate with voice calls 20 percent of the time.
The study also found that after hitting our teens our digital confidence begins a long decline, with the nation's six-year-olds claiming they know as much about technology as their parents.
(Posted on 08-08-2014)