If all you could do with twitter was post ‘What’s happening?’ would you continue to use Twitter? For many adults this sounds incredibly mundane, something that could cause ADD or acute intensified boredom. In Facebook’s, ‘What’s on your mind?’ A few months ago I posted, “Hmm… I was just mulling over the Amish Lesbian bread recipes I found in the attic .” I got little response from this, probably because I didn’t have pictures or video with it. Due to other circumstances, namely ennui and lack of trust I have deleted my primary Facebook account.
It’s no wonder that old farts (I can say that because I am one) haven’t a clue about the Internet other than something changed around 1994 or 95 and it just won’t quit. Consider the population outside the hermetic environment of cyberspace; many young and most middle-aged people don’t get it either. Much of the Internet lingo sounds puerile and unimaginative.
In fact, I’m not certain there is a generation gap in the usual sense. What we have is a gap of who cares and who doesn’t care. In my real life in the real world, I have heard a constant remark for years – “I use a computer at work all day. The last thing I want to do is come home and use one.” Of course some people play on their work computer when they should be working. They should be hanged.
For me Facebook is the bane of the Internet. I predict that it is merely a matter of time before it implodes like a black hole, sucking millions into oblivion. OK, maybe it will just go away Not with a bang but a whimper. It is scary to think what The Cloud will bring about after Facebook.
I like Twitter for one reason. I’ve met some fine people, people I would probably like if I ever meet them face to face. That time is not wasted playing a silly game or posting pictures of people who have inferior memories of events past.
There is a disparate world of attitude among Internet users concerning social media. I think “What’s happening” is silly. Others will never consider it at all. Do you think there is a Internet generation gap? Or, is there a perception gap? In other words, the gap is not so much age related as it is interesting or boring.