Majority of Teens Don’t Know Who Osama Bin Laden Is, Search Data Shows

White House CelebrationsI did wonder how many college kids in those crowds cheering Sunday night the news kept reporting extensively on, even remembered in detail the events of 9/11. One figures that any herd, regardless of its intent, will attract those without the lights on upstairs.

While this article focuses on people younger than most of those in the crowds (so I guess teens aren’t hearing about 9/11 from their parents or in school) … more surprising to me, is it seems like a good percentage of people, the college age (and even older!), were searching for “Who Is Osama Bin Laden” shortly after the president’s speech Sunday night. Chloe Albanesius writes on PC Mag:

As I watched the crowds outside the White House on Sunday night, it seemed like many were college students from nearby George Washington University, and I wondered what many of them remembered from 9/11, seeing as how they were maybe eight or nine years old at the time.

While that’s probably old enough to remember certain elements of the day, especially if they knew someone affected by the attacks, it appears that some younger teenagers aren’t as up to speed. According to data released yesterday by Yahoo, about 66 percent of those who searched “Who is Osama bin Laden” shortly after the announcement were in the 13 to 17 age bracket.

They were, of course between the ages of 3 and 7 when the attacks occured so the question might not be that shocking. One might argue that at least they’re interested in learning more. Yahoo said that “news of Osama bin Laden’s death seemed to have struck a chord with younger folks who grew up during the war on terrorism.”

But what about the 34 percent of people over 18 searching the same thing? Seems like they might want to check out the news now and then.

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  • JP

    Classic. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • JP

    Classic. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RCBGZNI5LDSLNWBYTTZASC6PE4 morristhewise

    There was no reason to kill Osama except to silence him. He knew something that would cost many people in high office their jobs or send them to prison. The people protecting Osama were blackmailing the US and that is why he was silenced in a covert operation.

    • http://twitter.com/TheNicoletteB Nicolette Beach

      Are you high? Or is the killing of thousands of people (and no, I’m not just talking about 9/11, his career was more extensive than that) not enough to warrant “a reason”?

      • MasoMystic

        Oh Nicolette, get off the coach go read some facts besides the conspiracies that CNN and FOX tells you, then come back and answer that same question..

        Al Qada is an information hub created by the CIA, not some terrorist group that shot down your precious buildings..

        Americans already killed far more civilians these last 10 years in the name of fighting terror then the amount of people who died in those buildings, but thats okay cause they arnt Americans right? . YOU my dear have become what YOU set out to destroy. Your ignorance is seen by the rest of the world and dont you dare go crying to mommy when they come for you and your country once and for all.

        You Americans are silly silly people. Your media has your head spun around so fast you truly think what you see as truth is truth.

        Go watch the TV. Go do what the TV tells you. Be a good American. be a good solider. Kill KILL KILL!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RCBGZNI5LDSLNWBYTTZASC6PE4 morristhewise

    There was no reason to kill Osama except to silence him. He knew something that would cost many people in high office their jobs or send them to prison. The people protecting Osama were blackmailing the US and that is why he was silenced in a covert operation.

  • elguapo

    I still don’t get how you americans have so much access to information and still be completely oblivious to anything that happens in the world and even your own country.

    • http://twitter.com/BoomBriggs Al Briggs

      as an american that isn’t oblivious to the true world we’re living in, im embarrassed. everyday im subjected to nationalistic nonsense and i want to rip my hair out…

    • E.B. Wolf

      So much of the information available to Americans is inconsequential drivel or propaganda posing as news that it would be a full time occupation to even try to sift through all the garbage to get even a partial view of what is really going on.

      And that’s not even counting the cerebral junk food that passes as entertainment in this country.

      • Faroe

        You have exactly the same access to information as we do here out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, if not more, but the info you are given by the press is some horsesh*t, there’s quite an important difference there.

    • DanielTurbo

      Because the kids are not watching news or even remotely interested in current events. They sit at the computer ALL DAY AND NIGHT playing games! They rarely even watch TV for any reason except to see rented movies. Then straight back to the game! If you put 100 teenagers in a room, 99 would immediately start playing with their i gadget. The room goes SILENT.

  • elguapo

    I still don’t get how you americans have so much access to information and still be completely oblivious to anything that happens in the world and even your own country.

  • http://twitter.com/Boom_Briggs Al Briggs

    as an american that isn’t oblivious to the true world we’re living in, im embarrassed. everyday im subjected to nationalistic nonsense and i want to rip my hair out…

  • E.B. Wolf

    So much of the information available to Americans is inconsequential drivel or propaganda posing as news that it would be a full time occupation to even try to sift through all the garbage to get even a partial view of what is really going on.

    And that’s not even counting the cerebral junk food that passes as entertainment in this country.

  • Grooveboss

    most teens are robots

  • Grooveboss

    most teens are robots

  • DeepCough

    Well, seeing that Osama bin Laden didn’t have a Facebook page, of course teens don’t know who he is.

  • DeepCough

    Well, seeing that Osama bin Laden didn’t have a Facebook page, of course teens don’t know who he is.

  • http://twitter.com/nicolettebeachx Nicolette Beach

    Are you high? Or is the killing of thousands of people (and no, I’m not just talking about 9/11, his career was more extensive than that) not enough to warrant “a reason”?

  • Faroe

    You have exactly the same access to information as we do here out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, if not more, but the info you are given by the press is some horsesh*t, there’s quite an important difference there.

  • ArgosyJones

    Way to go, disinfo. Yet again, misleading title. There is nothing in the article or its source that supports the claim that a majority of teens don’t know who osama bin laden is. The closest thing would be that teens are twice as likely not to know who Osama Bin Laden is than adults. Which wouldn’t be surprising.

  • ArgosyJones

    Way to go, disinfo. Yet again, misleading title. There is nothing in the article or its source that supports the claim that a majority of teens don’t know who osama bin laden is. The closest thing would be that teens are twice as likely not to know who Osama Bin Laden is than adults. Which wouldn’t be surprising.

  • Getofftheinternet

    this headline is pretty much just a lie? 66 percent of teens is not the same as the age of 66 percent of people who search something

    • Guest

      You’d probably want to get a stat on what percentage of teens use the internet daily (but this article refers to an unusual day re: internet use) in order to verify the claim. Usually PEW Research center has stats like that.

  • Getofftheinternet

    this headline is pretty much just a lie? 66 percent of teens is not the same as the age of 66 percent of people who search something

  • RedHerring

    You’d probably want to get a stat on what percentage of teens use the internet daily (but this article refers to an unusual day re: internet use) in order to verify the claim. Usually PEW Research center has stats like that.

  • MasoMystic

    Oh Nicolette, get off the coach go read some facts besides the conspiracies that CNN and FOX tells you, then come back and answer that same question..

    Al Qada is an information hub created by the CIA, not some terrorist group that shot down your precious buildings..

    Americans already killed far more civilians these last 10 years in the name of fighting terror then the amount of people who died in those buildings, but thats okay cause they arnt Americans right? . YOU my dear have become what YOU set out to destroy. Your ignorance is seen by the rest of the world and dont you dare go crying to mommy when they come for you and your country once and for all.

    You Americans are silly silly people. Your media has your head spun around so fast you truly think what you see as truth is truth.

    Go watch the TV. Go do what the TV tells you. Be a good American. be a good solider. Kill KILL KILL!!

  • Hanzmillz

    i think many teens and people in the (United States- A Corporation) know who Bin Laden is I think they only know him by what happened on 9-11. I agree that Bin Laden has been involved in many other bombing incidents and drug smuggling. CNN and FOX news don’t give you the real info. Like Jordan Maxwell says if its not about football or other ball games Americans don’t care. God bless

  • Hanzmillz

    i think many teens and people in the (United States- A Corporation) know who Bin Laden is I think they only know him by what happened on 9-11. I agree that Bin Laden has been involved in many other bombing incidents and drug smuggling. CNN and FOX news don’t give you the real info. Like Jordan Maxwell says if its not about football or other ball games Americans don’t care. God bless

  • TooFunny

    Saw this posted on BoingBoing the other day and my favorite comment was:

    “Osama Bin Laden is a little boy who refused to turn off his games console and go to sleep at a reasonable hour. And they shot him.”

  • TooFunny

    Saw this posted on BoingBoing the other day and my favorite comment was:

    “Osama Bin Laden is a little boy who refused to turn off his games console and go to sleep at a reasonable hour. And they shot him.”

  • Mr. Coffee

    When I had heard he died, I fired off a Google search to see how. I’m shocked to find out I didn’t know who he was. I mean, I was only 17 when 9/11 happened so maybe I don’t remember it for being too young.

  • Mr. Coffee

    When I had heard he died, I fired off a Google search to see how. I’m shocked to find out I didn’t know who he was. I mean, I was only 17 when 9/11 happened so maybe I don’t remember it for being too young.

  • Mr. Coffee

    When I had heard he died, I fired off a Google search to see how. I’m shocked to find out I didn’t know who he was. I mean, I was only 17 when 9/11 happened so maybe I don’t remember it for being too young.

  • Mr. Coffee

    When I had heard he died, I fired off a Google search to see how. I’m shocked to find out I didn’t know who he was. I mean, I was only 17 when 9/11 happened so maybe I don’t remember it for being too young.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Typical sensationalized garbage streamed at us by the media?

    Yes, this post was.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Typical sensationalized garbage streamed at us by the media?

    Yes, this post was.

  • DanielTurbo

    Because the kids are not watching news or even remotely interested in current events. They sit at the computer ALL DAY AND NIGHT playing games! They rarely even watch TV for any reason except to see rented movies. Then straight back to the game! If you put 100 teenagers in a room, 99 would immediately start playing with their i gadget. The room goes SILENT.

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