Trends in Teen Communication and Social Media Use

February 3, 2011
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I’ve been really thinking hard about ‘what technologies are our patients really using?’ Having recently presented at the Business Development Institute, all the talk was about the use of ‘Apps’ as being the way forward with regard to better patient care and education. I, however, begged to differ on this, firmly stating that ‘our population’ (largely kids from low socio-economic backgrounds) are mostly using texting as they don’t necessarily have smart phones. Having made this bold statement I started to question myself. Every patient I saw yesterday seemed to have an iPhone… So I took a look at the biggest body of data on this (PewResearchCenter). They seem to agree with me, that texting is the ‘thing’. As I just took a walk through the busy patient waiting area, I’m still not totally convinced about our clinic population; the majority were clutching smart phones. This needs exploring further…..
Take a look at the current trends thanks to the PewResearchCenter:

 

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