Generation You

Navigating Generation Now, or Generation you!

When Your Facebook is TMI (Too Much Information) November 3, 2009

Filed under: facebook,Gen Y — jenniewhite @ 9:15 am
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You know those friends of yours on Facebook who have such awkward statuses that you know you should “hide” them, but you just can’t? They make you feel so uncomfortable, yet it’s become a total conversation piece with your best friends. Catch my drift? So far my (real life) friends and I have witnessed people’s break up statuses, pregnancy announcements, bodily functions, drunken ramblings, painful to do lists, meals, oh and who they just slept with.

So when does it go to far? Why do we post these insignificant blurbs. Because, we’re all attention hungry, dying for the infamous “like” or comment. We do it to feel loved and to spread our awesomeness. I’ll admit, I throw the occasional status update out there. They come in handy and I do love that like button. I do it in moderation, my daily musings, thoughts, and findings are reserved for Twitter. Facebook gets a status from me about once or twice every two weeks.
Facebook statuses have become a key component in the networking site. There are 45 million statuses a day. Yeah I’ll give you that, they’re a big deal. Think about it though, do you really want to share with your 700 friends that your boyfriend is a total scumbag? Share things that you think will add value to people’s mini-feed/live-feed/news-feed/whatever they’re calling it today. Share things that are funny, send the occasional shout-out to your bff, share causes you believe in, congratulate people, let people know what’s exciting about your life.

Oh yes and it is totally mandatory to somehow make your status reference to your birthday on your birthday. Once Facebook moved the birthdays down to the bottom, our “happy birthday” wall posts took a major beating. My crush from the 9th grade no longer wishes me happy birthday, but I might just have a chance if I hint to it in my status.

Guys, our pictures, favorite movies, and relationship status are all up on Facebook for the world to see. Is it really necessary for our latest drunken escapades to be plastered up there as well? Remember, our moms our on Facebook now. Yeah, things just got real awkward.

Are you a compulsive status updater? Then defend yourself here, I want to get your side of the story.

Photo By, Dani Lurie


The iPod Has Given Me A False Sense Of Reality August 14, 2009

Filed under: Gen Y — jenniewhite @ 5:52 pm
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You’re the coolest kid on the block, with the latest iPod. It’s killer, at this point the iPod is so revolutionary it can practically read your mind. You just think of a song and it plays for you. Yet several months later, your “revolutionary” iPod is old news. It’s been replaced with an even better one, this new iPod kicks your iPod’s butt. The iPod upgrade model is great for Apple, they’re raking in the dough, but how has it impacted Generation Y?

Our Generation has applied the iPod upgrade model to our lives. Wikipedia defines the IPOD Generation as “Insecure, Pressured, Over-taxed, and Debt-ridden.” I take it more literally, we are the iPod Generation, as in the Nano, Touch, Scroll wheel, shuffle portable music player. I am going to lump relationships and jobs here. Generation Y has developed the thought process that there is always something, newer and better coming.

If we’re dating someone, we get that little voice in our head saying “someone else is out there, who’s better.” Even in that fantastic job we landed we still get the same voice saying, something better is bound to come along and in that case I’ll just replace the old job with a newer and better job. We’re not happy unless we have the latest and greatest model, but the problem is new models will continue to come out. As a Generation we need to learn how to settle down and realize that newer and better won’t always guarantee happiness.

What do you think, am I being too tough? Are you like this? I’ll be the first to admit, I am and it’s something I am trying to work on. Let me know your thoughts guys.