A 2014 report released by Pew Internet Research Project notes that Baby Boomers and Seniors are steadily increasing their use of the Internet.
Remember back in the day when we worked from 9-5, nights and weekends were reserved for friends and family, and never the twain shall meet? Now that an estimated 23 percent of American workers telecommute, many use online social networks as a way to stay connected to co-workers and colleagues. Those who are chained to a company desk often use (or sneak onto) Twitter or Facebook to stay in touch with friends outside of work.
It’s possible that these social networking tools are just the beginning of something, that they could lead to ways of finding and interacting with one another we never imagined, but whatever happens, you can’t dismiss these tools easily. They are taking us somewhere exciting, but we have to work out how we deal with the fading boundaries these tools have left in their wake and that means rewriting our social rules as we go along.
Social networking services expand the pool of people we have the opportunity to meet to near limitless possibilities. We’re no longer restricted to or rely on people in our neighborhood, church, or workplace to provide the interaction we desire.
As a baby boomer born in 1961, I can’t even imagine what’s ahead for my generation, as far as emerging media-given what I have witnessed in my lifetime, already. It’s an exciting time to live IF you embrace what’s happening around you.
What do you think is ahead?