Finding various consumer segments were they congregate and are most comfortable is an inexact and often frustrating science. Just when you think you've mastered the preferences and tastes of a certain demographic, their interests shift and you have to start over. This interest cycle has accelerated significantly with the evolution of digital. Now, what a certain segment of the population prefers for communication channels or even devices changes constantly as technology progresses. Need proof? Just look at the average age of an active Facebook user over the past 10 years to see a pretty sizable shift in preferences.
One of the most fickle consumer segments is teens. They are often early adopters of the latest gadgets and platforms, making reaching them pretty much a moving target, at times. This also makes them a decent bellweather for what we can expect for older demographics down the road.One thing we know to be true about this segment: the are all over social media. In fact,95% of all teens in the U.S. have access to the Internet and 90% of them are on social media.
Here is an interesting infographic from Teensafe.com that illustrates a digital day in the life of a teen. It is a good baseline to understanding where some of our younger consumers go digitally, but remember, this may all be obsolete in a few months as the next big thing emerges...
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