Building Relationships on Social Media: The Generation Gap

According to Facebook, the user age breakdown of users is heavily skewed to a younger demographic. Not surprisingly, the bulk of Facebook users are younger than 34. When I speak with college freshman, they have a difficult time recalling life before Facebook. Facebook is an integral part of their social lives; it is how they connect with their friends, how they share personal information, even how they get news about the world. It is all they have known. Those of us falling in an older age bracket have witnessed this shift. We see the before as well as the after. I have been thinking about changing the designations we use to order years. What we now call 2011 AD will become 7 AF; year seven after Facebook.