I just finished reading this article by Japan Market Intelligence. It is a marketing agency that looks at trends and the trend they are discussing is mobile blogging.
It appears that the Japanese are the world’s most frequent bloggers and that they are writing from their mobile devices. According to this article, 37% of the blogosphere is written in Japanese – second place English is at 36%. In addition to this, two other interesting facts stick out for me. Firstly, the topics of Japanese blogs are much less serious than those written in English. This seems to demonstrate that blogging is more a part of everyday life for the Japanese rather than just being used for “professional discourse”. The other interesting fact is that 66% of blogs are maintained using mobile phones with another 20% of blogs being maintain using both a mobile phone and computer. This seems to point to the fact that while in North America, living a mobile lifestyle and communicating online using mobile devices is an emerging lifestyle shift, this mobile lifestyle is already an entrenched way of life for a sizable proportion of those in Japan that currently publish online.
Can we continue to brush off technology as a “passing trend” or is this mobile culture here to stay? Just because many adults do not publish online, let alone use their mobile devices to publish online, does that mean that the children in their lives also refrain from publish online? Does that also mean that the children in their lives also refrain from publish online using their mobile devices? What can we do to incorporate these new forms of communication and these new communication tools into the education of students who live, and will continue to live, in this ever changing technology-based culture?