This “Social Nitwitting” Stuff is a Hoot!

July 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm 4 comments

Pickles cartoon on social networking

My mom joined me on vacation last week, and her one goal from our time together was to learn how to “Facebook better.”  She sent me this cartoon via snail mail today, and as she notes, it’s indicative of our attempted Facebook lessons.  I’m incredibly proud of her for wanting to keep up with technology and working to utilize Facebook.  Susan knows it has lots to offer her, but lots of what?  The day before she left, Susan asked me, “but why would I want to look at Facebook every day?”  and knew that I had failed as her personal ‘net instructor.  Our contrasting perspectives on social networking’s value and relevance mirror many parent/child and teacher/student approaches to social media tools:  the young folks want it and the old folks don’t quite get it.  [Disclaimer: this is a sweeping generalization, but not totally off target.]

At OneSeventeen Media, we’re excited to build the bridge in homes, classrooms and youth organizations between tech savvy kids and the important adults in their lives.   We know that our interactive tools can improve the lives of kids and their relationships and communications with adult role models.

(Imaged clipped from the San Antonio Express News)
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  • 1. worddreams  |  July 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I understand your mom. I think the fault is not you as her tech guide, but Facebook. The pictures, graffiti wall, constant buzz of friends–it’s intimidating. I like Linkdin for us older working folk. Someone should come up with a network for the older retired still-active generation. Thanks for your insights!


  • 2. Amy Strecker  |  July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Yes, Facebook can definitely be intimidating and I’m glad that she’s interested enough to try and figure it out! I think the niche social network you describe is a great idea. The largest growing demographic on Facebook continues to be 45+ year-old women. There are lots of baby boomers interested in figuring this social networking thing out for themselves!

  • 3. bcarls717  |  July 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Hmmm …… guess I’m wondering about your definition of “old folks”? Does that mean anyone over 30?? 😉

    Seriously, from my perspective as an online instructor at the University of Phoenix (UOP), I see the dividing line not being so much by age but by attitude. I have a lot of students in their 20’s and 30’s who don’t get Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or a host of other social media tools. And, don’t care to find out. They don’t have to use social media tools at work and they don’t see how these tools fit into lives. (Of course, probably many of them don’t have teenagers which would cause them to learn very quickly!) Ironically, they are using the online platform at UOP to earn their college degree.

    What is different regarding those who are curious about social media and those who are not falls under the category of lifelong learners. My grandmother, at almost 100, said to me that she wished computers had come along a little earlier in her life because she would have loved to have learned more about them. This from someone born in 1904 who went from the switchboard telephone, horse and buggy to cell phones and jet airplanes in her lifetime. She was a lifelong learner.

    Where does that come from? Is it nature or nuture? Whichever, I believe I definitely observed her zest for learning and it had a profound affect on me.

    Having met your mother Susan, I can definitely see she falls into the lifelong learner category. And, even then, she doesn’t see the value in Facebook. And, that probably is the real message – I think everyone should have some experience with social media tools if for nothing else to have interesting party conversations, however, if they can’t find application in their own lives then don’t fret over being an infrequent user.

    And, that’s what makes what we’re doing at OneSeventeen so exciting – we are personalizing and customizing messages to each and every learner so that learning does have relevance to them personally and becomes something they want to do for the rest of their lives.

  • 4. Amy Strecker  |  July 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Great comment Beth! By younger, I really mean digital natives.


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