Digital Generation Gap

Pynn Rogerby Roger Pynn

OK.  So I’m in my 60s and I’m a dinosaur, but I like to think I’m fairly savvy when it comes to using digital technology to communicate.

Yes, I text.  No, it is not my preferred form of sharing.

Yes, I have an active Facebook account.  I enjoy it.  It helps me observe what friends are doing.

Yes, I use Twitter.  It intrigues me how much you can learn from such short bursts of thought … but it will never replace my appreciation for well-written memos.

I steadily follow hundreds of people and subscribe to RSS feeds of thought leaders I’ve grown to respect with no exposure to them other than their digital footprint.

And, yes, I answer my phone.  I find it easy to have a single conversation rather than responding via the keypad on my iPhone to numerous questions posed in stand-alone context.

If Mark Zuckerberg has his way, however, I and a lot of other folks may be in for a lonely life.  Facebook is rolling out a new messaging system that may just force us to gobble up our information bit-by-text-messaged-bit.  Zuckerberg told PCMag.com that he asked high schoolers what email services they used … but what about my generation?

I realize the future will be different but the here-and-now is important, too.

While I enjoy the continuous feed of Facebook that lets me scroll back and find out what my peeps have been doing, I fear the intent of  Facebook’s business plan is to drive us all to share everything via one viral platform instead of through good old-fashioned one-on-one communication.  Then there’s Apple’s Mobile Me, which clearly hopes I’ll link every digital device and file I have via one single post office in the sky.  Kind of scary, but then again you can reach me at rogerpynn@me.com, so perhaps I’ve already succumbed.

Anyone seen my buddy Tyrannosaurus Rex?  Please pass the Grecian Formula.

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