My 15 y.o (oops, just turned 16) has been in Italy for the last 3 months on a student exchange program. Missed her so my soul felt stretched. So, Facebook. I was keen, stalking? no, just interested. I contributed regularly, and found new ways of keeping up with 20 somethings!, checked it daily to see the landscape.
She’s been home 5 days, haven’t been near it. I’m really interested in the potentials of social learning and social software ( had BIG conversation/discussion with family and friends last night), but I guess at this stage, with Facebook at least, I’m totally motivated by personal need. Big conversation went a bit like this:
Sister: Why don’t people just talk to each other? They’ll lose the capacity to interact f2f.
Others: murmurs of assent, dissidence
Me: Well, I’ve been learning all these groovy things, what about the social impact… equity, opportunity, lack of divide, Africa, poverty, access…????
Sister: We have video of wonderful people in PNG – really talented, …
Simplistic of course, but you get the gist. We embrace as we need? Want?
Twitter? Kids at school certainly unfamiliar, (too young?? is it for uni +?) trying it out, interested in stalking potential. Or, interested in connection?
At my husband’s school, a student took a 4 day suspension over surrendering her phone. Talk about feeling the connectedness of the social community.
What’s it all about Alfie?
Maybe, I don’t recognise the potentials. Too, I’m a little distracted by the myriad of ‘social opportunities’ afforded by web 2.0. (Will there be a 2.1? Like apple updates?)