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Mon, 9 Jan 2006 08:02:06 -0500
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Boy meets girl, and the Internet goes wild
Jackson native faces Web 'Will she or won't she?'

By KELLY B. SOUTH
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http://www.jacksonsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060108/ 
NEWS01/601080307/1002

...
Once upon a time, when boy met girl, the gossip and speculation was  
held in the
beauty shop, at the lunch counter, on the back porch, or across the  
neighbor's
fence. But that was before cyberspace, message boards and the drama  
of reality
television.

And you, too, can voice your opinion.

...

Message boards and blogs have been a growing trend among young  
adults, said
Kimberly C. Thornbury, dean of students at Union University, who holds a
doctorate in organizational leadership/higher education. She studies
characteristics of the Millennial Generation, those born from 1982 to  
2002. And
they have a whole new way of communicating. Consider:

Thirty-eight percent of online teens (about 8 million) say they read  
blogs,
short for Web logs.

Thirty-three percent share artwork, photos, stories or videos online,  
according
to Teen Content Creators and Consumers, a new study by the Pew  
Internet and
American Life Project.

Blogs are more of a personal diary or opinion page, while message  
boards are an
external interest group to which many people can respond, Thornbury  
explained.

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