So we’ve finally hit the 20th century here in Snow Lake and have had cell phone service for all of about a week now.
What is interesting is the conversation I had with the students in my class this AM about it.
Approximately 90% of them said that their family already has a phone. Approximately 50% of them now have a phone of their own. Five students (from a class of 24 today) had their phones on them in class. They have only made on average 4 – 5 actual phone calls during the week, but the average number of text messages sent per day was estimated to be 100. One student even took his phone from his pocket and showed me that 3 476 texts had gone through it. But he said it wasn’t so bad as only 1/2 of those were ones he had sent, the other 1/2 were incoming. (I sure hope he has a texting plan…..)
I’m interested to see this develop in a town that has never had this service before. How long will it take until most of them have phones? How long will it be until they start to compare phones? How will their media habits change and develop? How can these habits be moulded if we intervene right now?