Communicating Across Generations
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A few days ago I led a workshop on digital and mobile media use with a group of people who were grandparents and parents of older children. One thing that generated a great deal of discussion involved texting. According to these older family members, the way young people communicate via text is shaping the ways that the older people in their lives are able – or, in less positive terms, forced – to communicate with them. And the older generation has mixed feelings about this. I heard stories like those of the grandfather who said, “I try to call my grandson but his voice message system is full so I can’t even leave a message.”
Older people see this lack of availability as an affront or a lack of civility. They know that the younger generation is constantly connected and thus they sense that they are a lower priority…
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