Monday, June 19, 2006

Tech Bubble Babies

If someone's self-identity is fragile, as is the case with many young people, he or she needs to bolster it "by constant contact with others who validate and enable them," she says. "Now you go to your Facebook entry and look at the comments left for you, and your sense of self can be shored up by the 50 people who have commented."

For more of the story about the lack of social skills and the need for constant approval among the new generation of "tech bubble babies," check out USA Today.


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9:21 AM  
Blogger SuperHolmie said...

The whole Facebook/MySpace/Xanga situation is especially upsetting when I want my students to write sentences for an assignment in class. They are so used to abbreviating and using numbers in words (L8R, for example) that if you ask for subject/verb/predicate, it really stumps them. The article was also spot on about there not being a disctinction, in a teenager's mind, between them and adults. I forwarded the link to that article to all of my teacher friends. Thanks!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

Now with improved spelling

Parents who allow their children to grow up with such a bubble around them are doing their children no favors. I have three children aged 13 to 5, and you can bet that they know how to behave around adults.

Of course, we don't buy them iPods and cell phones merely because their friends also have them.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Personally I always like the standard "the next generation is going to hell in a handbasket" articles. They show that I am going to have it so easy getting a job in a few years.
Really now, I wonder where all these crazed teenagers live because I've yet to really meet one of them. Does that mean I live in a bubble of my own?

9:30 PM  
Blogger The Gambino Crime Family said...

Yeah, I love those articles too. I'm 35 but they make me feel so inordinately smart and cultured.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Melynda said...

Ooh! This lack of social decorum makes me crazy. I'm 37 and recently started taking prerequisite classes for a master's degree.

There are students in the class that just make my mouth hit the floor.

One in particular will just get up and leave during the lecture -- every class period. She also spends most of the lecture sending text messages or sleeping. She has even answered her cell phone when it rings.

All of this, yet she had the nerve to tell the teacher her tests were "too hard" when she failed the first one. Gee, wonder why?

Very interesting article!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Normally, those things are something that young people would learn after leaving their parents and heading out to the real world. Then, even the most hardcore dimwits quickly realize that demeanor that is acceptable around friends on Sat. night is rarely acceptable around your boss on Monday morning. Now, young people are expected to stay in school until early 20s (at least if you don't want to live under a bridge). I'm 22, and I am still in school (1 semester away from grajewayshun). Not only that, the costs of housing have skyrocketed in many areas (thanks to misguided government programs) and many young people are forced to live with their parents well past the traditional time limit. My point is, by the time the real world rolls around, certain habits become ingrained and unnoticeable until the person enters a completely different setting.

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