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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

February 03, 2005

Teens don't like to read long blocks of text online

From the MercuryNews found via Weblogg-ed News

The teens in the study, from California, Colorado and Australia, didn't like to read long blocks of text, preferring illustrations and pictures. They quickly gave up on sites once they encountered navigation and other problems. They also displayed poor searching skills, usually clicking on the first hit after a search query.

The study also found that while the teens paid more attention than adults to the appearance of a site, they don't care for ``glitzy sites with heavy, blinking graphics,'' preferring clean, modest and ``cool'' designs, such as Apple Computer's Web site.

Teens are drawn to sites that offer interaction with others, whether it be answering an online poll or adding to public commentary on the site. The test group was put off by sites that tried to serve both children and teens, preferring content just for ``teens.'' Putting the word ``kid'' on a Web site was the kiss of death, the study found.
Good info though not earth shattering to say the least. Makes one wonder, if teens don't like glitzy sites with heavy blinking graphics then why are most of the sites I see that meet that definition designed by teens? Not sure on that one.

Posted by prolurkr at February 3, 2005 08:53 AM

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