Teens Don’t Tweet

by Robert Pondiscio
July 16th, 2009

When 15-year-olds are writing research reports for Morgan Stanley advising executives worldwide how teens use social media, perhaps it’s an indication that we really don’t neeed to worry about teaching this stuff in school.  

By the way, according to the much-discussed report by bank intern Matthew Robson, teens don’t tweet.

“Teenagers do not use Twitter,” he wrote. “Most have signed up to the service, but then just leave it as they realise that they are not going to update it (mostly because texting Twitter uses up credit, and they would rather text friends with that credit). They realise that no one is viewing their profile, so their tweets are pointless.”

All those lesson plans with Twitter?  Have you considered 8-track tapes?  A Victrola?


  1. Wow. A core knowledge curriculum must really set you up to be a great critical thinker.

    Robert, have you read ANY of the work panning this as a case of an anecdote being taken as fact (i.e. one single 15 year old speaking for ‘all teenagers’? There is nothing credible about this story and your willingness to pan social media integrated teaching based on it is telling both of your biases and your weak ‘standards’.


    Comment by Shelly — July 16, 2009 @ 9:08 am

  2. Shelly, are you trying to make the case for me that 21st Century skills devotees pay too little attention to content? The tag on my post say “humor.” That is not a reference to the popular brand of ice cream. Does your perception that I’m “panning” social media (c’mon now, Shelly, you critical thinker. You oughta know better than that!) reveal my bias? Or is it a nagging insecurity that perhaps all that glitters is not digital gold that’s showing?


    Comment by Robert Pondiscio — July 16, 2009 @ 9:17 am

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