UK Teen on how teenagers consume media

July 13th, 2009

The Financial Times has an article, Note by ‘teenage scribbler’ causes sensation, on a research study written by a 15 year old Morgan Stanley intern on the new and old media habits of UK youth.

“Morgan Stanley’s European media analysts asked Matthew Robson, one of the bank’s interns from a London school, to describe his friends’ media habits.

“Teenagers do not use Twitter,” he pronounced. Updating the micro-blogging service from mobile phones costs valuable credit, he wrote, and “they realise that no one is viewing their profile, so their tweets are pointless”.

His peers find it hard to make time for regular television, and would rather listen to advert-free music on websites such as than tune into traditional radio. Even online, teens find advertising “extremely annoying and pointless”.

Their time and money is spent instead on cinema, concerts and video game consoles which, he said, now double as a more attractive vehicle for chatting with friends than the phone.

Mr Robson had little comfort for struggling print publishers, saying no teenager he knew regularly reads a newspaper since most “cannot be bothered to read pages and pages of text” rather than see summaries online or on television.”

You can read his report on How Teenagers Consume Media online.

The Guardian also has a story today, Twitter is not for teens, on the intern’s report.