It is the narcissistic middle-aged, not the young, who love Facebook and Twitter

Apparently it has come as a grave shock to the bankers, computer genii and venture capitalists that young people — i.e. those in their teens — do not use Twitter. It had been assumed, by middle-aged people, that it was a medium precisely for the young — just as almost every new development in information technology is supposedly for the benefit of the generation behind mine. But that was always a hope rather than the reality. A report written by a 15-year-old lad, Matthew Robson, who is working as an intern at Morgan Stanley, let the cat out of the bag. God alone knows why a 15-year-old boy is working as an intern at Morgan Stanley, but there we are. No teenagers he knew used Twitter, Matthew argued. ‘Most have signed up to the service but then just leave it as they realise they are not going to update it. They realise that no one is viewing their profile so their tweets are pointless.’

Well, indeed. For Twitter to be patronised by young people, it would need to be far more purposeful than it is, more pragmatically useful. But instead, it was dreamed up by — and used almost exclusively by — the most self-obsessed, narcissistic, self-important generation that ever walked this earth, the generation which is forever poised just outside the confessional ready to divulge personal information of great weight to the whole world (‘I have just tied up my shoelaces. I did the right one first. And then the left’).

via It is the narcissistic middle-aged, not the young, who love Facebook and Twitter | The Spectator.

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