lexipixel - 5:35 pm on Jul 4, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: engine at 8:02 am (utc) on Jul 5, 2011]
System: The following message was cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/facebook/4333558.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 9:00 am on Jul 5, 2011 (utc +1)
My point is I don't see why teen computer habits are at all relevant here.
It was a longhand version of saying, "Sure, they all use cell phones to communicate, but when it comes to actual computing, (research, writing papers, video and photo editing, online chat, etc), they use a larger screen laptop/desktop and go to websites".
They are the future users of "the web".
To exclude Facebook from the data or consider "mobile computing" to not be "the web" is just a way of juggling numbers for the sake of posting the hyperbole article of the day, (which is another whole issue -- sites that just post something to generate traffic and [pay per] clicks). Maybe there was no real news the day that article was written.
And I also agree, (with vivalasvegas, above), that a larger percentage of purposeful web surfing is done by 9-5'ers on laptops and desktops.
So, I don't think "the web" is dying anytime soon.
BTW - the article the OP cites was written by Ben Elowitz, CEO of "Wetpaint" --- Wetpaint is backed by Accel Partners, the investors behind Facebook and Groupon... and the article basically promotes social networking and the "connected web" --- primarily Facebook. Oh, and his sites: Blue Nile and Wetpaint are plain-old-websites.
Use "old webmasters" might not know everything, but we are wise enough to consider the source.
Sign me: Happily webmastering since 1994 1/2 -- and ready for at least another 10 years or so.
[edited by: engine at 8:02 am (utc) on Jul 5, 2011]