Society is filled with generations of people who have different life experiences. We have the Baby Boomers, Gen X’s, Gen Y’s and now Gen C’s (Connected Generation). This mix of generations had different ways of communicating and sharing information over the years. Today, the common thread between our generations is communication and information sharing.
With the dawn of social media over the last decade, communication and information sharing has evolved at a rapid rate. Options have ranged from the increasingly less relevant use of email, to the more interactive Twitter, Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facebook. Depending on the service you can tie in text, videos, pictures, links, and live streams. These communication and information services, and many more not mentioned above, provide the ability to communicate and share information in real time.
It’s this real time ability that is now blending our generations into one I believe can be called the NOW Generation. What’s amazing about the NOW Generation is the amount and type of information being shared. Family members, educators, businesses, and government organizations are using technology to communicate and share general, important, vital, and emergency information to others all over the world. This is both fantastic and challenging.
The fantastic part of this ability to communicate and share information is that people are more connected than ever and have the ability identify and link to what they need to know in just seconds. The challenge is twofold. First the information needs to be relevant, timely and up-to-date. The second is that once we, as the NOW Generation, have experienced real time communication and sharing of information, we expect it, and we want it NOW. Therefore, the relevant question becomes how do we keep up?
So I thought why not make this blog post interactive and responsive. I ask you, my blog readers, these two questions and hope you will leave answers in the comments section:
- Are we the NOW Generation? Why or Why not?
- How do we encourage the use of technology for communication and sharing of information yet establish realistic expectations for when and how often we communicate and share information?
Please share your thoughts.