People that have dealt with social media all their lives want to access the vast amount of information on the web quicker. Part of this is how different age groups process information. I have been reading about the teenage brain and how quickly it makes connections. The speed slows down as the brain (and body) ages. In the here and now, however, the teenage brain is thirsty for new information. Sites such as twitter, Instagram, snapchat and tumblr provide that immediacy much better than Facebook.
Does that mean that we should give up on Facebook? Not at all. Each type of social media serves a different purpose and if used well, a combination of types of engagements will do much more to strengthen your presence. For adolescents, snapchat is a fleeting presence of your photos. It isn’t connected to your work experience so it doesn’t need to be kept. If you are 12 years old, the photos you snapped yesterday are so much yesterday’s news. There is a certain logic in an adolescent’s reasoning behind that statement at the beginning.
While it is good to be aware of the types of media, it is important to understand that for a student, Facebook doesn’t hold as much interest and LinkedIn holds no importance in his or her life. When you are on a career path, however, the importance shifts.
Rethinking social media is a good idea, whether you are one of those “old people” still using Facebook or a teenager using tumblr. Just don’t count any one of them out yet.