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article imageTeenagers ask Yahoo important question: Who is Osama bin Laden?

By Andrew Moran     May 3, 2011 in Internet
As American citizens rejoice that special operations personnel murdered the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden, many teenagers are asking: Who is this bin Laden guy?
Following the news reports that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan Sunday, immediately people went to the Internet to find out more, such as the location of the murder, how he was killed and comments from United States President Barack Obama.
But according to statistics from a Yahoo Blog, the fifth most popular related search was “Who is Osama bin Laden?” Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 made up two-thirds, or 66 percent, of that search.
General searches of the al-Qaeda leader’s name soared 100 percent Sunday and people under the age of 24 made up a quarter of that.
Teenage Internet surfers also took to the social media networking site, Twitter, and some of the best tweets were collected Monday by New York-based freelance writer, Ned Hepburn, reports Time Magazine.
Some of those tweets include:
“ahhhhhilove beinh hyper. i feel slooow, who is osama?” “im probably rearted for asking this.. but who is osama?! & why is it so good he died?” and “Who is Osama Bin Laden? Is he in a band aswell?”
However, according to a Yahoo spokesperson, demographics do not reflect all searches. “Individual users and their searches remain completely anonymous. The demographic and geographic data comes from our registered users who provide a location and age range when they sign up for a Yahoo account,” said Carolyn Clark, a spokesperson for Yahoo, reports the Toronto Sun.
Geekosystem notes that although these teenage individuals were just toddlers when the terrorist attacks took place, the search results don’t necessarily mean they are uninformed, ignorant or just dumb. Instead, they argue that those between 13 and 17 wanted to learn more about bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
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