Monday, March 9, 2009

Lawyers use online networking but a generation gap persists

The Chicago Lawyer reports that more and more attorneys are using social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Legal OnRamp as a time efficient way o keep in touch with family, friends, colleagues and clients.  People are too busy these days to spend as much "face-time" as they used to so the social networking sites provide a vicarious experience.

However, a generation gap is emerging.  As the article reports:

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s December 2008 tracking study, 35 percent of American adult Internet users ages 18 and older have a profile on an online social networking site, four times as many as three years ago.

Fifty-seven percent of online adults ages 25 to 34 have a profile on a social networking site; while 30 percent of online adults ages 35 to 44, 19 percent of online 45- to 54-year-olds, and 10 percent of online adults, ages 55 to 64, have profiles on these sites.

”This is a Facebook generation, so to speak,” said Robert Ambrogi, a Massachusetts-based lawyer, technology writer and consultant. ”It’s not something older lawyers have grown up with or have necessarily gotten used to.”

Hat tip to the Legal Blog Watch.

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