Teen’s Report Causes International Twitter

By Rebecca Kern — July 17, 2009 1 min read
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This summer, Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old Londoner, was awarded a two-week internship at Morgan Stanley, after his mother had a brief conversation with a senior analyst about her son’s difficulty finding real-life work experience, according to the TimesOnline.

The 15-year-old was put to work in the bank’s media and internet research department where he wrote How Teenagers Consume Media, a report that has caused a sensation among fund managers, CEOs, and analysts in Tokyo, London, and on Wall Street. The report, which Matthew says reflects the collective views of about 300 teenagers, appears to spell doom and gloom for print and traditional media. He said teens don’t read newspapers or listen to the radio because they can access this media more easily on the Web. Robson also claims that “teens don’t use Twitter,” adding that it appeals to an older crowd.

Edward Hill-Wood, Robson’s Morgan Stanley supervisor said the report proved to be “one of the clearest and most thought-provoking insights we have seen. So we published it.”

Trisha Jaffe, Robson’s teacher at Kidbrooke School, in the English town of Greenwich, said she was “not at all surprised” at her ambitious student’s success with the report. “He’s a very reflective young man,” she added.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.