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Generation WHY?

Social networking sites have affected each and every one of us. We are either i-chating with our friends, on Facebook trying to see who is doing what, or we are on twitter “stalking” our favorite celebrities. We are known as Generation Y. But why?

Generation Y also known as the Millennial Generation is all about social networking. We care more about what others are doing than ourselves. I don’t know about you, but when I am doing my homework, the computer is usually open with to a certain social networking site open. When I am checking my Facebook for example, I may say I am just checking it, but you end up being on the site. Just a quick check turns into big time procrastination.

In addition, communication between people has started becoming more technological rather than personal. People are even using “computer talk” in their everyday conversations, such as LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my god), TTYL (talk to you later), and many others. The lingo that is being used to text is now the words that teens understand the most.

The article that I read “Facebook: Good or Bad for Communication” looked at both the positive and negative impact of Facebook. It was interesting to read that Facebook was originally created to improve personal communication. Facebook can have a positive impact in a person’s life. For example, this is true for those people who are separated from their family and friends, those people who are in the armed forces and those people with disabilities who don’t do well with face-to-face contact. Facebook/social networking also helps people who have similar interests share information. However, Facebook does have a negative side. A person’s social development can be negatively affected if there is no face-to-face contact. Social networking does not allow for understanding body language and learning to interpret all types of non-verbal communication. In conclusion, the article states that using social networking in moderation can be a good thing. That if used correctly and not relied on exclusively for communication social networking sites can bring people together and maintain friendships.

I believe that the Millennial generation enjoys the computer and social networking because that is what they are used to. I think that as a generation we still want face-to-face contact but like the speed of the information that can be obtained on line. I believe that our generation has more friends and communicates with them more frequently because there are so many options. We can “instant message”, “text message”, “I-chat”, “Facebook” “twitter’ etc. We can stay in touch no matter where we are. I also believe that some of the Millennial generation is out of control and doesn’t know how to use social networking in moderation. Some of the millennial generation doesn’t not know how to verbally communicate.  Ironically, I noticed the other day, one of the nicest days we’ve had in a long time (March 9, 2010) not many people were even outside. I thought to myself where are all these people? Then I realized that many people would rather be sitting inside on their computers seeing what others are doing than enjoying a nice day outside in the “real world.” I had to ask myself  “whY”?

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