osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Teens less tupid than people think -- A Pity The Same Can't Be Said for Regulators

Surprise! It turns out teenagers understand the proper uses of communication technology much better than people think. As reported in USA Today a study by the PEW Center for Internet and American life (available here) shows that teens are incredibly well connected, but select the means of communication based on function and purpose. So sure, everyone is using text messaging and cell phones and so forth, but they still rely on landlines and face-to-face (f2f 2 u txtrs) for important conversations.

This is a point I make often in the regulatory world. There is a a difference between ubiquity (something being everywhere) and fungability (whether people regard them as the same thing) or substitutiability (whether people regard one as an acceptable alternative to the other). Too much policy is made by confusing these points.

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