Kids don’t want computers. That’s one of several striking data points from worse-than-expected figures showing the global PC market is in decline. Since young people tend to drive technology trends, poor back-to-school sales of PCs say more than a drop in overall sales alone. We already know PCs aren’t cool (are college freshmen more likely to show off their new iPads or their new Dells?), but it’s starting to look like they’re also not needed.
Shipments of PCs in the U.S. shrank during the most recent quarter by more than 12 percent, according to IDC, and by nearly 14 percent, according to Gartner Inc. Meanwhile, analysts at IHS iSuppli predict global PC shipments will contract this year for the first time since 2001. More at Wired.
Kids think email is out of date, so this is hardly surprising.