Computer illiteracy due to mobile phones
Japan’s Generation of Computer Refuseniks
Most teens and young adults in Japan rarely use computers to surf the World Wide Web. Instead they use cell phones to access a scaled-down wireless Web. The result: A growing computer literacy problem among Japan’s youth.
The article conclusions leave a mixed feeling. Do Japanes Youngsters favor the cellphone really because it is more intimate medium than the PC?
I think it’s the ubiquity which really makes the mobile phone the most attractive communication tool. Certainly there is also the price argument and the peer pressure, but I think ubiquity is the most important. Naturally the article mentions all these reasons, but it’s the emphasis put on certain reasons that I do not agree with.
Anyway, it’s an important article and I am curious how quickly this evolution will be noticed in Europe.