Recently, we have been talking about social media adoption among many other topics, and during a random Wal Mart excursion of mine, I was thinking about social media adoption in regards to my parents, or perhaps their generation.
I have plenty of people I am Facebook friends with that are in my parents generation, but my own parents remain either indifferent or even fearful of this new technology. I find it interesting that my mother and father share different feelings on social media, and I question why they have the feelings they do.
My mother maintains a fear of social media. Once a brief member of Facebook, the moment someone posted a picture of her that she did not like, she quickly decided that she was A.) angry at that person for posting it, and B.) read to get off of Facebook ASAP. She never really liked the idea of sharing her personal information over the internet, and especially disliked all the attention she gained from being on Facebook. Should would complain to me about logging on and having so many notifications, it was just overwhelming. I think her entire social media experience lasted about a week. I was excited about her being on Facebook, but it does not surprise me that she jumped ship so soon. She is the type of person who is still very skeptical about buying anything or handling any type of monetary exchange online even.
I feel like my mother, and many others her age are part of this sort of social divide. Something similar to the digital divide. Many people her age are just left behind everyone else in terms of social media. I also think this might be actually the digital divide playing it’s own part here. My mother has never been particularly savvy with technology, and I suppose that social media is just a step too far for her.
I wish she were a bit more open to these new types of communication channels. I don’t foresee it happening any time soon, however.