Survey: Emerging Markets Leading Way in Web 2.0

Nov. 13
Top students in established economies have been overtaken by those in the “emerging markets” when it comes to using some new technologies, according to the “Digital Generation” survey. The survey was created by Career Innovation in partnership with AIESEC International, the world’s largest student-run organization.

“If they use these technologies effectively, they’ll be the leaders who build tomorrow’s most successful organizations,” said Jonathan Winter of Career Innovation. “Future success is more likely to be defined by people’s ability to collaborate across boundaries of culture and hierarchy.”

Technology highlights include:

  • Three-quarters of Asian students (excluding India) have written their own blog.
  • In Latin America, 71 percent use webcams to connect with friends and family by video.
  • Facebook is the leading social network brand, followed by Orkut, Hi5 and MySpace.
  • Skype is the top choice for Internet phone calls, Nokia the hardware of choice for mobile email; and Google Docs is leading the way for online creation and sharing of documents.
  • 63 percent of students use simulation and gaming technologies socially, and 17 percent use them for learning purposes.

Students in established economies such as the U.S., Western Europe and Australia are also avid users of technology, but report fewer work benefits; and they are much lower users of certain technologies such as podcasts and mobile e-mail, according to the survey.

Overall, the worldwide picture is of a generation that is permanently “wired.” With little variation by region, 93 percent said they have a mobile phone and…


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