During my freshmen year of high school, almost every two out of three people I knew owned a smartphone. Since then, I have increasingly heard more older adults complaining about how kids these days are always on their phones. While I am not advocating for teens to be texting on their cellphones at funerals, the older generation must at least try to understand why millennials feel a certain level of comfort and security from their personal device. This is a pivotal step to understand the underlying issues that already exist between parents and their children rather than the arrogance and rudeness of the youth.
The popular image of people reading newspapers even sometimes with the caption:”All this technology is making us antisocial.” has been circulated so much around the Internet that there is even a bitter article condemning it: Stop Sharing This Photo of Antisocial Newspaper Readers. The author, Kevin Hoffman, entire argument lies on the fact that the average reading span of a newspaper is much lower than the the possible possible time spent on smartphones. But the fact of the matter is when someone does not want to speak to you they will use any material to hinder starting any conversation. Personally, I feel this underlying reason why teens will not speak to their parents even at the dinner table is more frightening than the use of cellphones themselves.
In every sense, I am that horrid, entitled millennial that cannot seem to get enough bashing in countless blog posts and news articles by Baby Boomers and Generation X . The only World Wide Web I grew up with was Web 2.0. When Facebook was in the workings, I was on barbie.com having the time of my life roleplaying as Barbie so Ken was my boyfriend and choosing more stylish clothes that my friends Stacie, PJ, and Steffie could wear. As the popularity of Facebook grew, I was regularly chatting with my friends from the first day of middle school and even used the platform to help me find my current college roommate. The Web has always foremost been a place for my socialization and connection with friends, family, and strangers all over the world.
While my older relatives and teachers believe I should feel ashamed about how much time I spend on Web, whether I am on my computer or smartphone, I am not. I can wholeheartedly say even when I am wasting time on my computer, I am making progress in activities a lot may deem useless and counter to popular belief, actually making the most of my valuable time. If I got a dollar every time my parents told me how unreliable the trending news from Facebook and Twitter, I would have a much easier time paying the 1,120 percentage rate college tuition rate increase from 1978 as reported by Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-08-15/cost-of-college-degree-in-u-s-soars-12-fold-chart-of-the-day. Well-respected news corporations like the The New York Times and CNN, for example have not reported every death of Black Americans unlawfully shot by police officers and violent hate crimes committed against trans people and Muslim Americans; I had to find this information via Facebook and Twitter. Corporate America does not care about them so they got tired of broadcasting it the first time around.
Adults can make fun of millennials all they want as long as they stop embarrassingly incorporate and stop culturally appropriating Black culture. http://internet.gawker.com/corporations-sad-attempts-at-using-memes-death-is-too-1681457284