#thisgeneration vs #lastgeneration

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I saw this campaign on tumblr a few weeks ago, and it made me have a lot of thoughts about my feelings and feelings about my thoughts. The gist of these designs by Ajit Johnson is that #thisgeneration is too reliant on the internet, too self-involved, and, from what I can tell, just down right stupid. Like aren’t we all sick of hating on millennials yet, or no?

Since I grew up during the digital revolution #90sKid, I had a first row seat to the rise of at-home internet, a home computer, and even the invention of the first smartphone (yeah, I’m basically ancient). It’s because of these experiences, I think my generation is especially aware of the the true capabilities of the internet; not just for looking up directions or a recipe – but as a means to build relationships, self-educate, and [obviously] as a source of entertainment.

Social Media connects you with new and different people

Nothing is bad about gaining world perspective from the comfort of your own home. Websites like tumblr and twitter encourage constant communication and the exchanging of ideas between people who are very different from you. Whether you’re chatting with someone on the other side of the world, or the other side of your country – you’re being exposed to new opinions and ideas. Sounds like personal growth 101 to me.

Social Media literally bridges distance

I lived and worked in Spain for a year, and it was thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and FaceTime that I was able to stay hyper connected with my main squeezes. It also made me feel like I was still in touch with my at-home culture, and the lives of my friends and family. Thanks interwebz!

Social Media is an educational tool

I’m an avid tumblr scroller, and the website has really opened my eyes to huge social issues happening all around me that I may not otherwise be aware of. Tumblr users can post content that may not be in the big news circulation, but still needs awareness. A lot of my education about the LGBTQ community, and other minority classes has come from tumblr users who share news stories, published works, or personal experiences that I otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to.

So next time you eye-roll at a millennial on their phone, keep in mind the true good these platforms can bring to our society.

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