The Real Paul Jones

Accept no substitutes

Date: 8/19/2011

27 Views of Chapel Hill (available now)

27 Views of Chapel Hill
Yes, I am of the 27 whose views of Chapel Hill are included in the new literary anthology, 27 Views of Chapel Hill, from Eno Publishers. The official publication date is September 1, but there are already copies in the Bull’s Head Bookshop (here on the UNC Campus) and at

A kickoff reading/celebration is planned for September 24th at 2 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. If you buy your copy there, you can meet many of the authors and get your books signed by us.

I’m represented by a poem, “In the Poetry Section of a Used Bookstore”.

My Generation is slow on the Smartphone, slow to txt #noemail

The latest Pew Internet study on smartphone highlights the strong generational differences in how we access and use the internet in America. Only 19% of the respondents over 50 had smartphone compared to 52% of those between 18 and 29. Of those smartphone owners, 99% of those between 18 and 29 had sent or received txt messages, but only 78% of those over 50 had participated in txt communication (I’m presuming that those who did were communicating with people 18 – 29 ;->). The difference in accessing social networking sites was even greater with 76% of the younger group being social on their phones compared to 32% of those over 50 years of age. The groups were closer when it came to email access on their smart phones 82% to 62%.

What to make of these numbers? First that owning smartphones, using them for txting and mobile social networking are normative for the millennial generation. For the Boomers and beyond, owning a smartphone is far from normative and mobile social networking is quite rare.

My claim in the #noemail project is that communications were becoming more mobile, more social, valuing the fast more integrated and brief — and will include location awareness. The Millennials are not only leading the way but have made those behaviors a normal part of their everyday lives.

Pew Internet 2011 Smartphone Ownership and Use

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