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Blog Entry: Web Usability and Teen Reading

by Gary Natriello - February 08, 2005

Mark Bauerlein’s concerns about young people not reading even online are reinforced by Jakob Nielson’s recent study of the Usability of Websites for Teenagers. Nielson finds that teenagers do not like to read a lot on the web, but they do like interactive features such as online quizzes, online voting, games, and message boards. Nielson also casts doubt on the common assumption that teens are more sophisticated web surfers.  He finds that teens successfully complete representative tasks on web sites only 55 percent of the time compared to a rate of 66 percent success for adults.  Insufficient reading skills, less sophisticated research strategies, and a lower level of patience seem to explain the lower online success rate for teenagers.   

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 08, 2005
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11720, Date Accessed: 12/3/2021 1:55:19 AM

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