Jenkins’ White Paper

Jenkin’s White Paper got me thinking about the differences in social development between the youth of today and the youth of the past.

Personally, I have noticed a lack of social development in the young people of today. For example, when I was a kid I was expected to look at the person I was talking to, respond when someone spoke to me, and be polite when meeting someone new, and lately I have been appalled by the lack of “social graces” exhibited by some of the young people I have met/encountered. However, in today’s society, so much of the social aspect of a young person’s life is via different types of media. Is this lack of true social situations effecting the young person’s overall social development?

The social rules of society are different in a social situation versus a social situation through media. If a young person experiences the majority of their social situations only through a form of media, there is a chance they are not receiving enough social feedback to form accepted social norms practiced in real society.

I enjoy social media, but I think there comes a time when certain activities need to be limited, especially for those that are easily effected, such as young people.

Posted on September 28, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think you’ll read a lot more about this around midterm in Turkle’s book.

  2. I always think this is an interesting topic to breach. I remember when I was younger and I couldn’t help but cringe when I’d hear people say, “Look what’s happening to your generation. Teenage pregnancy, drugs, drinking…” I’d always argue about the number of women attending and graduating from college, the advances in technology and the underground movements that our generation was partaking in. I guess I always felt like I had to stand up for my peers because I never thought we were that bad (then again, I didn’t live when the generation before me was growing up).

    That being said, I do agree with you in the sense that no matter what generation a person grows up in, it’s important to participate in society and follow social guidelines regardless of the technology we hide behind.

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