Teens So-Called Blogging Both Reinforces And Changes Being A Teen

from the teens-and-blogging...-perfect-together? dept

While I’m sure this article will get posted in a hundred places and dissected in a hundred more, I thought it was worth posting for a few reasons. The article is a NY Times Magazine look at teen blogging, that makes some interesting points about how the technology is changing the way teens interact. While I’m sure some will blast the article, what was interesting to me was the constant public/private dichotomy it gives to teens. They talk about stuff that they don’t want read and do want read at the same time. It’s a form of exhibitionism, that also has a mirroring effect. In revealing things that generations past would never reveal, they discover that they’re not alone in their emotions. The thing about that – is that many of their emotions concern just how alone they feel. However, in revealing it, and discovering they’re not so alone in feeling alone, it’s helping them go through the standard process almost every person goes through at some point in their life. While the people who blast these blogs will point out that what’s written is a bunch of pointless prattle, it’s not so much the content as the process that’s interesting to me – and it makes me wonder how this generation will act once they reach the workplace. We’ve already talked about how the younger generation is reshaping the workplace, but it sounds like the next set of young workers will be pushing that process along even further.

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