One in a Millenial

Hello and welcome! Today you are lucky enough to read my first ever blog post!  As a finance and computer science major here at Boston College, I have not been required to write any blog posts (“we educate the whole person” psh).   

As you are reading this blog you may be wondering, as one so often does: ” I wonder why this girl is taking Social Media and Digital Business, and what are her initial thoughts on taking this class?” Oh boy if I had a dollar every time someone asked me that question, I would probably be able to afford to do my laundry at Boston College.  But wonder no longer, because I will answer all your pressing and long-awaited questions.

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Being a #millennial I have found two things to be true: first, baby boomers love to complain about “us”; and second, I have lived longer using social media than I have without it.  I may never be able to afford my own house, but if you need an avocado or you were wondering what color swim trunks the guy you like wore on his family vacation in the 10th grade, well then I am your girl!

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I will never forget how excited I was when my dad told me I could have my own email address.  At the tender age of 8, I had to sit through many lectures on how much of a responsibility this was and to not email anyone I did not know.  At the time I thought the fact that I could talk to my best friend without my parents listening in was revolutionary.  Being satisfied with just an email did not last for long.  As I grew older and more social, so did the technology.  I think this aspect of social media is the most interesting to me.

Looking back I am quick to wonder whether it is us who shaped social media, or if it is social media who shaped us.  The two events are not mutually exclusive.  Like the wise prophet Frank Sinatra once sang: “you can’t have one without the other”.  Although Sinatra was referring to love and marriage, it seems in today’s world of Tinder and “90 Day Fiance” these lyrics can be better related to users and social media than to marriage.  Over the past 12 years we have seen a small social network, Facebook, grow into a massive social platform.  When Facebook was first created it was made for college students.  This lead to the content being shared to be mostly relevant to college aged kids.  As the network grew so did the content.  Now Facebook is not just used for socializing, but it is used for advertising, marketing, and connecting.

Throughout recent history we have seen social networks be responsible for spreading awareness, starting societal change, and putting an end to the greatest TV show there ever was: The Celebrity Apprentice.  As much as the baby boomers hate to admit it, social media is not just a phase.

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As a society, we have created the super highway for immediate information.  Everyone has access to real and fake news at the tips of their fingers.  The days of making up words in a friendly game of Scrabble is over, because now the dictionary is about 4 pounds lighter and fits inside your pocket.  Now that we have such immediate access to information, people are triggered to ask more questions.  Although every thought need not be spoken, every thought can and will be typed.  When used properly (@thezodiackillertedcruz), technology enables you to become more knowledgeable and up to date on current news.   This access to information makes small talk a thing of the past.  People can now meet in person and have more to talk about than the weather or how bad the traffic was when taking their kids to soccer practice.

In conclusion, I am in constant awe of the abilities and effects social media has had on our society.  Throughout this course, I would like to study and focus on this part of social media.  It is often discussed how much and quickly the technology changes, but what about the people using it?  This may be a what-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg situation, but I find it extremely interesting to keep in mind.

6 comments

  1. In regards to the chicken-or-the-egg theory that you had, I had the same exact thought when I was writing my blog post. I think that thus far, social media has shaped many of the habits of our generation because we were born into a society that had rapidly growing technology. And because we are privileged to be tech-savvy, I think we need to leverage that skill and map out future innovations that would be seen in good light by more than just the millenial generation.

  2. I thought the section where you talked about how cautious we were when we first got social media (e-mail) to be incredibly interesting. We hardly think about having social media as being a big ‘responsibility’ anymore, possibly sometimes at our own peril. I would be curious to know if parents today and in the future will still emphasize social media as a responsibility, or if it is so ingrained in our culture that it is now viewed simply as necessity

  3. I really liked your point about whether social media changed us or we changed social media. I think that question is equally applicable to new technologies and businesses as a whole. As we have grown up, we have witnessed an explosion of new technologies emerge. Consequently, our generation has come to expect groundbreaking revolutions frequently. This expectation has put intense pressure on companies to keep up. The user adapts to new technologies much faster than organizations and if the organizations do not live up to consumers new digital standards, the company will fall into the cracks. Therefore it is essential for companies to infuse digital transformation and achieving digital maturity into its core business model.

  4. I love how much your voice and personality comes through this post!

  5. I really agree about the baby boomers and truly think they will never understand us. Social media will never just be a phase. As there might be apps that don’t stick around long, the initial idea is here to stay. Social media had grown and we have grown how we use this technology. It’s the best for marketing and many baby boomers should get on the bandwagon.

  6. I appreciated your humor in this as I got a good chuckle out of it. I think I’m still considered a millennial although an older one. I’ve always been interested to learn from the perspective of growing up with social media. For me it really began in college with Facebook and was never really part my life prior to that. I’m interested in hearing more about the teenage years, self-esteem, and how one navigates a world of fake news as a teen.

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