A few months back, my mother had finally decided to switch her average Nokia mobile into a Samsung smartphone. And trust me this decision of hers isn’t as easy as you think it would be. It took her months before she realised the need to have a smartphone. One of the many reasons she woke up to, was the fact that most of her colleagues were on the board’s Whatsapp group and this made her more ignorant to the commotion that’s happening in school. Though at first, she did have a difficult time in figuring out certain applications and how they would work, she always managed to ask me or my brother for some pointers. I realised how my mom did take some time to learn though we had shown her how to manage her applications before.
On the other hand, my grandmother who lives next to us had come around to see my mom fiddling with her new toy and presumed my mom was on it all day. I remember how my grandmother had commented harshly about the use of phones and how they have become a constant playing tool, especially to children, indirectly gesturing me and my siblings. To be honest, this wouldn’t be the first time since I heard my grandmother complaining about the use of devices at home. One time, she even caught me talking on the phone when she came around and nagged about it for days. Though I have tried explaining to her how things have changed tremendously since her time and how the constant attachment to a device is normal, she would still feel differently about the use of Internet when the family is present.
That being the case, numerous articles have also proved how different generations have responded to the Internet distinctively. Using further research, it seems that the society could be diversified into four varies groups. Those are the baby boomers (1946-1964), generation X (1960-1980), generation Y (Millennials) (1980-1999) and generation Z (2000- so on). It is believed that the Millennials generation are prone to be the most connected and ready to share online as 20% of them have posted a video of themselves. Subsequently in a study conducted between 2006 and 2008, the Generations Online proves the huge breach in online behaviour by age. In fact, it documents how younger users aged 12-28 have accepted online applications towards communication, creativity and social platforms wherelse older users preferably engage themselves into online activities which requires some amount of capital such as travel bookings and online banking.
Despite having instant messaging, social networking and blogging as advanced communication tools, yet email still remains to be a popular online activity among the older users. According to a survey, most of the users consist of ages 64+ whom actively sends and receive emails till date. However as for teens, they usually flock towards the social and entertainment sites in the Internet. These generation abundantly seeks through online videos, games and virtual sites, and also constantly downloads music at the same time. They usually spend hours reading people’s blogs, to write their own or even to create and work on a social network platform where they would update their peers about themselves and to keep in touch with those who live further. As for most 12-17 years old, the survey indicates how 78% of them prefer gaming online rather than using the email. Being compared to the young, the older users prefer the internet for less socialising and entertainment but more of an instrument to gather information, emails and to purchase a product online. Adding on, these users are also the ones who most likely seek health information and the procedures to bank online. Consequently, these Internet equality has brought broadband access to double or triple over the years. It is believed Americans ages 12-24 have increased their broadband about a half, and for 25-64 it has doubled, meanwhile the access tripled for seniors who are 65+.
Conversely, studying the video I have also realised the cons of using Internet too often. Gary Turk’s Look Up exclaims how people are glued to their devices in a public nor a private area. People often lose out on having real conversations and learning to co-exist while they choose to be glued to their screens and those strangers from social sites. This video which unravels a man falling in love with a woman who provides him directions, and how their lives would have been without media, does not criticise social media entirely but it encourages people to limit themselves to their devices and live by experiencing real connections instead of online. As Turk says in the video,” So look up from your phone, shut down the display. Take in your surroundings, make the most of today.”
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MarketingCharts staff, 2009, Old and Young use Internet Differently, MarketingCharts, viewed on 31/8/2014,