Adults are better than teen-agers at surfing the Internet, a (rather small) survey found.
In the study, 38 teens were assigned tasks at 23 Web sites, operated by Apple, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and other companies and organizations.
At the Web site of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, teens were asked to make an appointment for a driving permit. At MTV.com, the challenge was to discover when Norah Jones would be in concert in the Golden State.
The teens completed such tasks 55% of the time, compared with 66% of adults in a previous study.
. . . Immaturity and poor reading skills partly explained the youngsters’ lackluster performance, the study concluded. So did the teens’ weak research skills and unwillingness to tough it out when a site posed design obstacles.
Score one for the grown-ups.