Rise of the Young Whippersnappers

Sometimes I think people my age are lucky. Why you ask? We grew up with technology and more importantly with how quickly technology changes. We are much quicker to adapt to these things than say someone twenty years older.

Recently though, I have noticed points in life where I am old and no amount of adapting will ever put me on the same level as kids a lot younger than me. Social Networking sites. I belong to myspace and facebook, but I really have no use for them. Sometimes it is cool to find some person from high school that I have not heard from in years, but other than that, what use do they have?

I cannot understand the need for people to add as many people as possible, having thousands of friends, and yet not actually knowing any of them. This is not me being critical, this is me being honest. I do not think badly about them. If it were something I had time to do, I probably would, but honestly I can not see why.

It is funny because as I sit here writing this, I hope people will comment with their opinions, yet I think it is weird when I see someone’s myspace bulletin that says PC4PC…by the way, I had to wikipedia that one to figure what these people meant.

Maybe the thing I find weird about the whole phenomenon happens to be that ten years ago if you told someone you had thousands of online friends, people would think oddly of you. This is now considered normal. It fascinates me.

If there was ever a point to any of this, I have no clue what it is or was.

3 thoughts on “Rise of the Young Whippersnappers

  1. I totally see what you mean about people who are now in their 30s being more tech-savvy on average than their parents. No argument there. But aside from the crap music that’s been put out by the big labels over the past decade, I’m trying to stay on top of current stuff, and I think the internet is a big part of that.

    Still, I can’t help but wonder what stuff my daughter will have to help me with in another 10 or 20 years. I mean, I can do a decent job of setting up a simple home network or reinstalling Windows, but I’ve never been able to program a VCR. Good thing they’re obsolete.

    Social Networking I get. But I’d rather participate in social networks like those on Netflix, Flickr or Twitter than MySpace or Facebook. Those sites are really just interconnected blogs – how are they really any different than BlogSpot? And what value could MySpace or Facebook hold for me? The fact that you can’t get on without being signed up makes them less accessible, and what I’d want is more accessibility. Sites like BlogSpot are too restrictive for me personally – I like having coded my own blog from scratch. And as far as finding someone from high school, I’ve had that happen on my own site more than once, because when you google my name, my site comes up #1. I’d imagine it’s similar with your site.

    I certainly don’t think poorly of MySpace/Facebook users, but there’s just no value there for me.

  2. My biggest complaint about MySpace is how ugly it can be. Those awful looking GeoCities pages from the ’90s didn’t die, they retired to MySpace. Yuck.

    While I think MySpace is a younger man’s game, I’m become thoroughly addicted to it. I’ve made friends/found old friends/deepened existing friendships via the site.

  3. Greg…i know what you are saying. i wish i knew the coding and html to actually do everything on my site, but unfortunately i do not.

    yes, the internet is fantastic for music, that was something i started to talk about, but decided that should be it’s own post sometime.

    jason…by the way, is this offord? i am guessing…

    anyways, yes most myspace pages are quite ugly. although mine is just plain, so i cannot really comment on other peoples.

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