Reading Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project really brought all the different conversations that my friends with pre-teens and teens have about their kids always being ‘connected,’ ‘gaming,’ etc into perspective for me. My own children are not yet at the age where their friendships are influenced by new media (and because as a family we really limit our screen time and have a rule that there are no electronics on if a friend is over). Yes I know this will be short-lived, so this article was a great in-sight into the changes that have taken place since I was a teenager I can see that my work is cut out for me and that its going to be a steep learning curve but that is the way life is. Connecting over the ‘generational’ gap is part of the process.
Interestingly, I thought that the comments about the transformations in friends and friendships applies to most of the adults I know. The definitions for these terms and the ways in which we reach out and connect with individuals sure has changed. Being an international teacher with family and friends in various places I know that social media plays a BIG part in how I stay connected. Social media has also played a huge part in how I start to build my connections when I move to a new place. Guess I am a hanging out and messing around individual myself-at least to a certain extent. Sure my social life is not as ‘connected’ online as that of a 16 year old but I think its good to see that there are similarities. Perhaps that opens the door to us ‘oldies’ learning from the kids who are the experts