Generation Connected

Posted on April 1, 2011

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There was one quote from the movie the Social Network that I thought really defined my generation and where it was going. It came from the coked out inventor of Napster (another revolutionary program of this generation), Sean Parker, when he said “We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!”. It is true this “Facebook Generation” as many people like to call it is obsessed with being online and social networks. We like to know everything that our friends are doing with their lives even though we haven’t seen half of them in the past year, and in reality its irrelevant to our lives. So why do we insist on spending hours of our time on Facebook clicking through thousands of pictures, reading status update after status update, and seeing who’s going to what party? Because 19 year old sophomore from Harvard, who may be the most socially awkward CEO of a company I have ever seen, decided he wanted to put college life online so he could be the coolest kid in school.

I agree  kind of agree with Smith’s thesis about Facebook and how it has effected this generation and is slowly creeping into older generations. It makes being friends with someone really not mean much anymore when its online. People are friends with thousands of people but if you were to ask them outside of Facebook if they were friends with those people they would probably say “No but I know who that is”. Facebook has become less about creating connections with friends and more about expanding the network of people you know. It is about keeping tabs on everyone so you can keep up airbrush latest drama and less about “allowing people to connect and communicate more efficiently” as Mark Zuckerberg has continuously used as the main purpose of Facebook. When in reality what everyone is doing is trying to compress themselves into a few pictures on a screen and a bunch of text to create this virtual profile that is supposed to represent their complex selves in their social ring. However all of “these programs are not worthy of these people” (Y&D) but they have still managed to consume young peoples lives and in some cases have even caused addiction problems to these sites. “The last defense of every Facebook addict is: but it helps me keep in contact with people who are far away! Well, e-mail and Skype do that, too” (Smith). In reality everyone wants to use Facebook because all their friends are.

Facebook has evolved and will continue to evolve as time goes on because “People wanna go on the internet and check out their friends…pictures, profiles…I’m talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.” (The Social Network).  That’s just the way this new digital generation is and always will be, they like to feel as though they’re connected to there social network 24/7/365 for better or for worse.

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