The stereotypical teenager is a myth, according to Jakob Neilsen’s latest Alertbox.
According to his research, teenagers in general are not all the wizz-kids they are portrayed as. So rather than teenagers being able to use any website thrown at them, many found websites more difficult to use than adults, due to poorer reading skills and less patience.
Assessing your website’s usability on “the average user” is a dangerous game (as there is no such thing), but if you’re going to generalise it’s handy to know some researched facts about your potential audience rather than basing your decisions on misconsceptions.
The internet wasn’t invented when I was a teenager, and my kids aren’t that old yet – so I have nothink to test these findings on… So any teenagers reading this: What do you think?