June 1, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to June! Today we look at one business expert’s annual roundup of internet trends and a report on how teens are using the internet. Plus: the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at a spelling bee.

More Than Half Of World Population Now Uses The Internet
This annual slide deck from venture capitalist Mary Meeker is always a hot read in Silicon Valley and beyond for anyone who follows the tech business. In addition to that headline stat, this year’s report includes a few other milestones, such as the fact that 20% of all purchases in China are e-commerce.

Nearly Half Of American Teens Are Online ‘Almost Constantly’
And girls are more screen-addicted than boys. What are they doing? Mostly looking at YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. The teens themselves don’t see any of this as problematic. Their parents may disagree. Either way, those numbers are only going up.

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
And it’s not just teens, that’s for sure! This article takes us back to a quaint time when all we had were landlines, and a ringing phone was a sound you’d be rude to ignore. Nowadays, many businesses don’t even answer their phone. We have too many other ways to communicate, and, let’s face it, too many incoming cell phone calls are spam.

How to Succeed Like ‘The Simpsons’
Mike Reiss, one of the show’s original writers, explains how the creative team has managed to crank out 636 episodes and shares his advice for replicating that success. His team has worked together so well for so long because, among other things, network executives leave them alone, everyone knows they’re replaceable, and the writing room is a “nice, boring place to work.”

Dallas Duel: Wild Card Turns Tables At National Spelling Bee
While others are busy watching basketball championships, word nerds had their own dramatic showdown at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. These kids may not sweat quite as much as LeBron, but they exhibit the same fierce competitiveness and emotional intensity (just look at those photos!). Congrats to 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani for his correct spelling of “koinonia.”