Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery when dealing with teens

Posted by on Monday September 24 2007

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3 Responses to “Imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery when dealing with teens”

  1. Richard Urban
    September 25th, 2007 10:15

    One of the reasons that I love my Apple products is that they get the little things right. People studying video conferencing, etc. have noted that people are weirded out by seeing themselves as a camera does – we’re used to seeing our mirror image. The built in camera on the Mac automatically flips you image that you see, making you feel that all is right in the world.

    A friend realized the advantage of this one day when she needed to freshen her makeup. Out came her Mac, which instantly became a digital mirror.
    How much RAM does your compact have?

    I also have to say that I think this is one of the biggest advantages of being back in school. Much of the time I’m surrounded by my younger peers who constantly push me in new and interesting directions by just watching how they are using technology.

  2. Perian Sully
    September 26th, 2007 12:28

    I really think this may be the greatest sentence ever written: Fully 99.2 percent of all UFO sightings and ghostly visitations and astrological vibrations and ancient fertility symbols erected by giant alien lesbian priestess dominatrix Atlantean mathematicians are all just big-ass hoaxes and myths and lies and stunts and the imaginings of bored druid teenagers.

    It’s wrong though. That last bit should read, “…the imaginings of bored druid teenagers with digital mirrors!”

  3. Erica Pastore
    December 8th, 2008 09:12

    Great post on teens and technology, especially about the futility of trying to match programming with the latest teen techno fad. Technology is a pervasive part of daily life for teenagers, and highly personalized. In a museum setting, just being friendly to using cellphones, allowing camera phone pictures, or having an ipod station to download podcasts on the spot is a good way to more seamlessly integrate with the things that are second nature to them. Teens aren’t about doing a lot of work or research online about a museum before a visit, but they’re much more likely to open to trying new things out on the spot.

    One point to consider though, all of the habits described in this blog and attributed to teens, are actually as equally omnipresent for adults in their 20s. I’m 25, “well” beyond my teenage years, but I grew up with internet in my home, a printer slash copier, etc. As I entered college, myspace, facebook, camera phones, text messaging and the like hit the college crowd years before they trickled down to teens. People in the 20-30 yrs old range are often just as tech savvy as their teen and tween counterparts.

    It’s important for museums to remember this age range, who are more than just young professionals who want to be at happy hours in the gallery. Programming sensitive to technology use and trends among teenagers, would do well to expand the age range upward.

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