Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Today's social networking technologies have linked us so that we know what everybody is doing every minute of the day.  We are alerted via e-mail or SMS messaging anytime there is a new picture of a dance recital, a goal is scored in soccer, or more help is needed on a virtual farm.  It appears that a person's rung on the generation ladder differentiates how data mined from technology is put to use.  Older generations tend to be content with the occasional picture and video of loved ones and they also seem to be more susceptible to time wasting "chain letter" type schemes.  The young tech savvy generation show addiction to connectivity and when social websites are attacked with a Denial of Service invasion their lives are disrupted in an unnerving way.  They don't seem to know how to function without access to their media "crack".  The in-between generation has a take it or leave it attitude towards social networking.  They take advantage of the information but do not become incapacitated when not in touch.  A common theme noticed is that no matter what the age group a compelling need to share is quenched, to some degree, by electronic means.  (Of course these are generalizations and do not account for individuals who are exceptions to these "rules")    When was the last time you wrote a letter, folded it into an envelope, put a stamp on it, and dropped it in the mail?

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