Monday, November 2, 2009

The Facebook Generation

I have an awesome one-year-old cousin. He is a very cool child that already knows how to hold a mobile phone, look into a web cam, and speak into a microphone. He is also part of a generation that will never know a world without Internet-enabled social networking - e.g. Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc.

What does this mean for the little guy?
  • He will have every important moment of his life permanently documented
  • He will have the concepts of networking and social portfolios ingrained in his psyche from his earliest points of consciousness
  • He will expect a high level of openness and sharing from most
  • Geographic distance will no longer be a barrier
  • Diversity will be based more on personality than ethnicity
  • Reading and writing will be his primary means of communication.

Those are just a few potential repercussions for The Facebook Generation. I'm not sure what this will mean for the world in twenty years - but I am sure that it will be different from today's reality.

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