November 27, 2004
The rise of the thumb tribes
Taro Matsumura in Keitai Log has done some research on the origin of the term "thumb tribe".
According to the dictionary's defiition published in 2003, "thumb tribe" is: "The young generation that utilizes the keitai functions of phone, e-mail and Internet frequently as part of daily life. The name stems from the quick motion of a thumb pushing buttons on a cell phone."
But it seems "words "thumb tribe" did not appear with the advent of keitai. The term was used for pachinko (a type of casino game).
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