Story About My Boy Alec – Kids Don’t Use The Phone Anymore

Today Alex Pham of LA Times wrote a story about the iphone and games.  She quoted me talking about my son (my boy) Alec.

She writes … Within days of buying his iPhone, John Furrier discovered that his 13-year-old son, Alec, was sneaking off with the device and downloading games. To reclaim his phone, Furrier had to buy his son an iPod Touch, which Alec quickly filled up with Pac-Man, Magic 8 Ball and dozens of other games.

“When he’s not playing on his Xbox 360, he’s playing on the iPod,” said Furrier, a 43-year-old entrepreneur and blogger in Palo Alto.

What I want to expand on is the new user trend for Digital Natives – they hate talking on the phone.  They are a generation of asynchonous users.  Screw talking just SMS or wait for the next incoming message or signal.  I polled 10 kids in middle school – 8 out of 10 admit they don’t use their phone – only to call their parents.

80% !! Granted this is Palo Alto, CA – but it is a leading indicator that the new definition of portable isn’t phone – opps sorry all you Unified Communications nutjobs out there.

It’s data not voice.  I’ll just leave it like that.  The iPhone phenom will continue to disrupt and now Android will accelerate it.

Author: John

Entrepreneur living in Palo Alto California and the Founder of SiliconANGLE Media

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