The Connected Kid
I’ve never known a time without internet.
It’s a simple fact, but older generations often like remind myself and my peers of this when speaking about the rate of technological change in our society. I’ve heard it too many times to count. They talk about Dial-Up and the strange phenomenon e-mail used to be, and while I nod my head in understanding, I’m completely unable to relate. I grew up with smartphones, laptops and Google. Information has only ever been a click away.
The other day, I hear a similar phrase. Except it wasn’t about my tech-savvy generation—it was about the next one.
Kids these days have never known a time without social media.
Facebook is nearly 15 years old. Instagram is 13. Twitter is 12. Are those numbers surprising? They were to me. Children these days have access to networks that weren’t even around when I was a kid. It has me wondering how social media will impact their perspectives, their interactions and their relationships.
Does it enhance them? Stunt them? Do they look at social media as necessary, or simply a distraction?