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Generations in the Social Media Era
#1
I've been thinking about the social media era and how it has been a different experience for different generations.

As an Xer, social media reconnected me to a lot of people in my past. It allowed me to make a mid life assessment of myself in relation to peers I had not seen in years or even decades. It has felt like being folded back into my past. How might it be different for other generations?

Boomers have experienced an even greater technological leap than Xers in terms of what can be done with smartphones/constant online presence compared to how they lived in childhood. I do know some Boomers who are more active on social media than I am - they tend to be the ones who travel a lot, which they can do because they are retired.

Millennials remember the world before smartphones and social media, but they have encountered this era at a younger age - with different life priorities. 

Homelanders are the ones who are fully in the social media age. Their entire lives are recorded on Facebook - from when they were in the womb to the latest Christmas pictures.

So what is it like for each generation encountering the age of the social at their particular age location in history?
Steve Barrera

[A]lthough one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation. - Hagakure

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#2
At 63, and nearly broke, I am likely to spend the rest of my miserable life in a community that I have outgrown except for finances. Thyis is America, and money is everything. Those who have it can indulge themselves like sultans. Those who lack it are the victims of those who live like sultans.

It is unlikely that I will get to reconnect to old friends that I had in California or Texas, so the best that I can hope for with social media is to vicariously meet complete strangers who might have something to share other than the banalities of small-town life.

A perspective: I was born closer to the horse-and-buggy era than to today. Unfortunately I was brought up among people still thinking as if it were still the horse-and-buggy era whose only accommodation to modernity was to technology, and then only for materialistic ends.

The only positive for me is that as a male, the numbers are in my favor. Asperger's makes me a difficult match.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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#3
I'm 62, which would make me a late wave Boomer. I am not involved with social media.

In one sense my situation is similar to pbrowers' Due to my age, I now feel that many possibilities are closed to me-my young adulthood is now long past, leaving little time for course corrections, let alone charting a new course.
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#4
At 71, I have no business thinking in terms of course changes or new beginnings … but I still do at times. The techie in me is still attracted to the new and exciting, though much of it gets rejected out of hand. I put social media in that category. While my wife uses Facebook to share with family and friends, I simply ignore it. And forget Twitter, which is vastly worse.

What does concern me is the path to the future, which looks scary, to be frank about it. I'm glad that I won't have to be around in 50 years, but worry about my grandchildren who will.
Intelligence is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom, but they all play well together.
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#5
For my generation, the PC was something we encountered in elementary school age. I think we all had to teach our parents how to use it, and the "internet" thing.
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