Screenagers is a cute descriptive name for our technology engrossed teenagers. I heard someone say that we have to learn to recognize them by the top of their heads now, because they are always looking down at the technology in their hands. My mother wrote beautiful letters to a number of people, including her children when they were away at school. My generation loves to talk on the phone. My daughter prefers that I send her information in emails. Now my older grandchildren don’t quickly respond to my emails, but I can text them for a very rapid reply. What will their children do to communicate?
Facebook is in the process of revolutionizing communication in this age. I love seeing what my former students are up to, seeing pictures of their kids, and reading of their accomplishments. I also enjoy reading links that my friends and colleagues post about interesting ideas. This also allows me to share things that are important to me. However the best thing for me about Facebook has been re-establishing connections with high school and college classmates, and getting to know relatives that I had never been able to see often. I have one cousin that I have never even met, yet I have come to know well through our posts. But how did Facebook become so much a part of our lives? Whatever happened to MySpace? Why did one overpower the other?
Google is another modern phenomena. I remember well when it was a brand new search engine. Before Google, I was really proud of my knowledge of Dogpile, a meta-search engine. But the presence of a Google search bar on my web browser has guaranteed my constant use of it, and I hadn’t used Dogpile in several years until I checked to see if it was still there while writing this post. It is still a good search engine, because it checks Google, along with Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com, and probably several others. So I added it to my bookmark bar so I will remember to check it. But Google is ubiquitous, and has of course now become part of our vocabulary as we “google” everything we want to know more about.
What will be the next GREAT TECHNOLOGY? What is going to change our lives in this decade? I just bought my husband an ipad for his birthday. (It was only fair, since he bought me a Macbook for my birthday a year ago, but I will confess to great ipad envy right now! I want one too!) Will the next game changer be a gadget or an application? (Or will texting while driving wipe out too many of the younger generation before they can change the world?) What do you think?