It is said that we are now in a period in human history called the ‘Information Age’, a time wherein vast amounts of information are made available to us wherever we may be and in an instant. According to a study conducted last 2013, people who make up the second wave of millennials (the generation that started in the 1980s) and those younger than them are more proficient with technology and more adaptable to change than their older counterparts.
However this doesn’t stop the members of the older generation from learning to use this technology for themselves. The question rather, is whether they can use it properly and efficiently without assistance. Are parents adapting to the internet?
One of the most concrete evidence of parents using the internet properly is Facebook. I’m sure that most parents, who have a teenage son or daughter, are now using Facebook to connect with batch mates, friends or relatives abroad. The appeal of social media to parents is that it helps them to reconnect with past acquaintances.
With the lack of a fast and easily accessible way to keep in touch during their time, they are now taking advantage of the capabilities of Facebook to find friends that they have lost touch with over the years. The sharing and viewing of pictures also allows them to be updated on the events happening with their friends’ lives. This also lets them convey the events happening in their own and add topics of conversation for when they eventually meet.
Parents can also be updated on the recent activities of their children and ensure that they are not being bullied or uploading inappropriate content. Overall, Facebook is a utilization of the internet that is commonly used by parents. Most of them seem to have a pretty good understanding of how to use it properly.
Teenagers may perceive their parents’ understanding of social media as a problem because it makes it harder for them to hide pictures or activities from their parents. Social media changed the way people communicate, making it faster, easier and more mobile. The proficiency of teenagers in navigating through social networking sites doesn’t automatically mean that their age group are the only ones who can have a firm grasp on how to use this technology.
Parents are also slowly but surely adapting to the trend and are immersing themselves in the unique experience of using social media. It is not a matter of how many friends you have or how often you update your status and profile picture. The core function of social media is to connect people and the adults in society have certainly taken advantage of this technology with gusto.
The use of social media may be the most often seen indicator of how parents utilize the internet, but it is far from the only one. The easiest tool when using the internet is the search engine Google and adults, quite expectedly, don’t find it difficult to use at all. Once they figure out that Google is so accurate and extensive that they can find out almost everything about a certain query, they can utilize it easily. There are also plenty of parents who own and drive a car, so plenty of them use Waze to navigate through unfamiliar areas.
When a family decides to take a vacation somewhere remote, they are always in danger of getting lost and wasting time, which was supposed to be spent bonding and enjoying themselves. That’s why when Waze, a road navigation app, was released, most parents learned how to use it immediately due to the assistance it provides with traveling.
The app uses the internet to show you your current location within an up to date map. It can even determine a route from your current location to your destination. Parents were immediately hooked to the app because when used properly, going through unfamiliar streets or taking long rides becomes easier.
These are only few examples of how the older generation are making use of the internet, a technology in which the younger generation is all too familiar with due to their lengthy exposure to it. Younger generations sometimes take for granted how powerful and convenient life became due to the internet. However, we should always remember that during our parents’ time they weren’t given the same advantages we now have.
One area where teenagers are way ahead of parents on the internet is through dating apps. More parents have been in a marriage or a long term relationship so they have never needed to check out dating apps. If they’ve been divorced, they mostly tend to rely on old methods of meeting a significant other. Dating apps have been on the rise and teenagers are using them the most. There are all types of dating apps for anyone. You can find niches in religion or in employment. There are also dating apps that are just for finding a fuck buddy. An example of this is Meet N Fuck which is the #1 meet n fuck app for finding a fuck buddy through it’s fuckbook. Parents just haven’t been able to catch up to teens in this category.
Adults are rapidly catching up with their children in terms of making the internet a part of their daily lives. All it takes is the initiative to learn and the courage to face the changes in their worlds head-on.