Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

Summary: Who needs Wi-Fi more: business people or the Generation Y? Also, why TechCrunch are stuck in the dark ages.

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You may well have heard about the New York Times story covering the research, where the Generation Y would more rather go without tea or coffee for a week than wireless Internet access.

It wouldn't surprise me if you heard it over on TechCrunch, seemingly continuing their 'campaign' of taking a bite out of two major demographics that they can't afford to lose: women and the younger Millennial.

In fact, it is now at a point where I can only assume they are of the mentality that both groups should be "seen and not heard", while sat around a darkened room, fireplace blazing, and port in glass as they flick through the pages of Fox News on their iPad's.

Perhaps now you see a little context behind Carol Bartz' strong language towards Michael Arrington during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. One could argue that as a woman who has worked her way to the top job of a Fortune 500 company, she rightfully vented her anger at a news source which not only seems to negate these two powerful demographics, but devalue them in the process.

Anyway, I digress.

Of course wireless access is important for most away from campus, the office or their home because it serves as a vital mechanism to accessing the vast majority of the content we need. That said, it is usually only important to those who are bringing devices other than their cellphones or smartphones to these locations; iPad's and laptops, for example.

It wouldn't take a genius to point out that most professional workers, business people and generally the ones employed to a position where communication is important, would find wireless access more important than a cup of coffee.

Long story short, this 'research' (as an undergraduate student who has already dived head first into his research dissertation, I assure you that to call this 'research' is like comparing a tent to the Taj Mahal) is automatically flawed by determining the answer by specifically targeting the sample group, with no intent on providing a comparison to another demographic. If they only ask Millennials, the most common answer will serve as their findings.

While there "is a desire for constant connectivity" among Millennials, according to Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organisation behind the research, most Generation Y users will have a mobile device which does not have Wi-Fi capabilities. You will also find that most don't even use Wi-Fi on the move - with the exception of working on campus, because they don't need to.

Also, to throw in Japan and South Korea into the research sample will automatically sway the results. Both cultures are vastly ahead of most Western countries in terms of technological sociability, and ingrain technology in their everyday lives as opposed to integrating it.

The Generation Y are an important group. You may not see it now - and frankly, you as the older Generation X probably won't even live to see the potential that these young minds have. Because in ten, twenty or thirty years' time, we will be in your shoes - quite literally. We will have your jobs, your knowledge, your expertise - but most crucially, the one thing I believe we will not take from you, are your values to the world today.

One comment on the TechCrunch post made light of the situation by shedding doubt on previous generations, stating that our predecessors "had much worse habits than we do". These include but are not limited to not wanting to use the same bathrooms or public transport as African-Americans, not wanting women to vote, stealing land from Native inhabitants and of course, going on a "world wide [sic] killing spree, twice" and nearly bringing nuclear apocalypse to reality during the Cold War conflict.

I think this sums it up, quite honestly.

Topics: iPad, Laptops, Tablets, IT Employment, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    What a bigoted view from one so young. Usually it takes longer to become so bitter and twisted. I hope you're not representative of Generation Y.
    Jeremy-UK
    • Forgive him

      @Jeremy-UK

      He is young. Thinking the values of the previous generation no longer apply is something only the young, single and unencumbered enjoy. Yes I think we older Generation X folks felt the same way about his age, as did the boomers before us.
      oncall
    • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

      @Jeremy-UK

      Gee, I was under the impression that WiFi would be essential to the young as it allows them to use someone else's Internet connection rather than their own paltry mobile phone connections that they actually have to pay for.

      It also appears that Zach really doesn't recognise his own inherent racism. Apparently it's OK if you do it to older people.

      Here I was thinking Gen Y was cheap and stupid. Ah well one out of two ain't bad ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

      @Jeremy-UK
      cortalux@...
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    Actually, we will not "literally" be wearing the shoes of generation Xers. Just wanted to point that out.
    tcall
    • Amen

      @tcall Don't you hate when people (mostly young people but also olderones) misuse the word literally? AH! It drives me crazy!

      P.S. I was born in 1984 so I guess that makes me Generation XY since nobody can come to a mutual agreement on when X and Y start and end.
      safesax2002
      • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

        safesax2002 ...<br><br>Yeah, is Zach saying that Gen-Y is <i>literally</i> going to steal our shoes and wear them? Actually, physically, sans-metaphor, <i><b>take</b> and <b>wear</b> our shoes</i>???<br><br>I know that they think they're entitled to everything, but this is <b><i>literally</i></b> ridiculous.</b>
        Churlish
      • hurrah for the XYs!!!

        I am not alone! :D
        shryko
      • X/Y Gen here too!

        @safesax2002 @shryko

        Zach, where do we fit in? Are we Gen X or Gen Y?
        DevJonny
    • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

      @tcall
      All our shoes are belong to them
      city_zen
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    Even the worst serial killers were innocent babies once.
    paul2011
  • I don't mean to sound rude

    but why do they pay you to write this stuff?

    We get it, you're young and hate old people. They all sucked, and this younger generation has done no wrong. None at all.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • missed the point...

      it's that "gee, the older ones have an irrational hate on for these young ones."

      really, if they had a RATIONAL hate on, I doubt we'd mind. :P
      shryko
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    WiFi is the wireless Highspeed for now that you don't have to pay for. For some that have been on the 3G smartphones for awhile should have converted their phones over to wireless tethering for themselves. Newer phones will make you pay for that service. So in a sense, you are still using WiFi, but the source is different and saving your $60/month on broadband charges.<br><br>Businesses are purchasing laptops with broadband modules built in. OR, they are purchasing sprint EVOs or similar Smart Android phones and signing up for the Wireless tethering on those networks. All in all, WiFi or some type of older technology will still be around because 3G/4G is not in their area where they work or live.
    Maarek
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    <i>While there ?is a desire for constant connectivity? among Millennials, according to Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organisation behind the research, most Generation Y users will have a mobile device which does not have Wi-Fi capabilities. You will also find that most don?t even use Wi-Fi on the move - with the exception of working on campus, because they don?t need to.</i>

    Yes it's well known that Gen-Y is Gen-ADD.
    MSFTWorshipper
    • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

      @MSFTWorshipper lol, Gen X wasn't that dependent on internet access when it first came out either were we? Give it time....
      KansasITGuy
  • The lack of perspective is appalling

    @Zack Whittaker "the one thing I believe we will not take from you, are your values to the world today."

    When I was a child I also said such foolish things. I grew older and wiser. I no longer make such sweeping generalizations.
    sismoc
    • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

      @sismoc I am fifty six. I did not take the values from my parents or my grandparents. They gave me the opportunity to form my own and they are sometimes similar and usually distinct. Several would horrify my grandparents.

      I would hope that Zack does not take all of the garbage that many of us call values into the future.
      zclayton2
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    let them meet Gen-Z then they'll know how X feels
    xaverine
  • RE: Why the Generation Y doesn't 'need' Wi-Fi

    Step a way from the laptop Zack, and take a nap. This reads like you have not slept in a week.

    You should probably tag this with "regret typing when extremely old...35", "example of immaturity", "Hope my readership forgives me for being boorish"
    dysart