To this extent I'm really interested to know how the age breakdown of people on the #Fediverse. On one hand it would seem to make sense to me that most people here remember the "old internet" before the centralization and they're here to rekindle that flame of independence. On the other hand the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing. I grew up on the internet and since then smartphones have become even more ubiquitous.
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@mcneely Here's a poll I did last week on that topic, let's compare once your's is finished. But I think it'll be very similar, this is an "older" platform:
@jynersolives that last option LOL
I almost made the last option "Old like dirt"
@mcneely Both feet in the grave 👻
@mcneely well that would be me, 65 yr old OG punk here!
@jynersolives @mcneely It's interesting that these two polls give seemingly very different results. Jin's poll is constructed with equal 10-year intervals (at least the first three intervals) and therefore it's more accurate than the poll at the start of this thread that compares 15-year interval with 20-year interval
@generegulation @mcneely Thanks for the flowers 🌸 Both polls show that this is a Xennial platform – and it is all the better as regards the conversations we have. Btw, if you scroll down in "my" thread there's also a little poll (with only a handful of respondents) for the over 45yr olds. The majority here (80%) fell into the 45-54 age category. So I guess it's safe to say that the 35-54yr olds have this platform quite strongly in their hands. At least for now.
After seeing your pools, we are doing the same into the French speaking community.
@jynersolives @mcneely Polls are interesting, but there are many more categories of us. Consider operating system versions, for example. I am Macintosh System 2.0 (1984) generation. In the beginning I had to swap a System Disk and Application Disk to perform work. So this interface is challenging, but I expect that with early app versions.
@jynersolives @mcneely not sure anybody mentioned this already but the younger people probably have build their communities arround discord, where each discord server = Mastodon Server. They in my perception have never used Twitter as news feed as the old folk tends to do, they either use Instagram or TikTok for that, ask the move at a lot faster pace and far more multi modal, with text, pictures, videos and sound ...
@tamahandy @jynersolives @mcneely I agree with this. Is there a strategy or even a need for one to bring the younger ones on the Fediverse? The promises are vast here, but Discord and TikTok are very accommodating for the thing they provide (of course they lack privacy/decentralization/personal information control)
@mcneely Most are 41-60?!! I wasn’t expecting that! Cool, that is my group (but not for long, unfortunately)!
@tlsmith63 Im not *that* surprised considering a large part of the influx is academics and journalists. Not exactly groups that skew young.