When I grew up in 60s there was huge generation gap between my friends and our parents, and certainly our grandparents. A recent Pew Internet survey takes a generational look at how Americans use the Internet. It'sÂ a surprising snapshot of America online as a new decade begins.
Here are some of the highlights:
Almost everyone uses e-mail, from so-called Millenials (18-33) to the G.I. Generation (74+).
Less than 19% are likely to blog.
Gen X (34-45) and older are more likely to get financial information online.
Popular among all ages are shopping online, banking, downloading podcasts, rating products and services, searching for religious information, making charitable donations.
66% of adults watch video online. (No, it's not what you're thinking.) 51% listen to music online. 53% have used a classifieds site like Craigslist.
Ten years ago many of the services we now take for granted were in their infancy. Will e-mail still be on the list in 2020? Will we be interacting in virtual 3D spaces? Will our digital lives achieve immortality? What if we had really fast Internet connections,Â like South Korea, the current world leader.Â At an average speed of 16.63 Mb, Koreans can surf more than 3 times faster than the Americans.
Have any predictions for the next decade?
If you do, here's your chance to weigh in.