- 4 members of the Silent Generation (Born 1925–1942)
- 8 members of the Boomer Generation (Born 1943–1960)
- 5 members of the Generation X (Born 1961–1981)
- 10 members of the Millennials (Born 1982–2002)
MySpace and Facebook: Use with Caution Hot opinions from all age groups came in about MySpace and Facebook. Millennials were worried about “giving away personal stuff,” while several Boomers and Gen X’ers warned of sexual predators using the tool. One younger participant noted that “It’s more about making your profile look cool and how many friends you have than actually communicating with anyone.” Yet these were also in the “favorites” category for many. Despite the Hype, These People Aren’t Twittering Only one person in the survey group actually twitters – tweets? – whatever – on a regular basis. I’m dubious that this will have any staying power. To me, it’s redundant to texting. Perhaps some Future Shock use will emerge, but right now, how many times can you post “Going to the store; gonna get gas first” and not bore people to death? Email Isn’t Going Away No matter what generation you belong to, email is still an extremely popular option for staying in touch with friends and loved ones. More than once it was touted as the “traditional” social networking tool. As a matter of fact, didn’t Jefferson and Adams correspond by email? I noted a few differences between the generations, the most striking being what attributes each generation valued in a social networking tool. The more tenured among us prefer tools that allow us to take time to compose our thoughts, while the youngsters look for connectedness and immediacy with our peers. Of course, this is only one point of view, and I could be completely batty. If so, here’s an invitation to set me straight. What differences have you experienced between the generations, and what’s important to you in a socialization tool?