Since the beginning days of the Internet, web pages have competed for our attention. This competition began to take a more rapid pace when social media sites started popping up.
Easily accessible laptops and smartphones with Wi-Fi and 4G-LTE connections have also made it extremely simple to connect to social media at any time or place.
It has been said that our generation is the most nostalgic generation because we remember a time when technology and social media were not a staple to our everyday lives as they are now. This makes it hard for us to relate to the generations before and after us. The generation before us makes it seem like we use social media to run from our problems and couldn’t live without being connected. The generation after us, on the other hand are even more reliant on social media and technology than we are, and do not know what it is like to live without such things.
I believe the main reason why we have this huge generational gap is because of our differences when it comes to meaning matching and meaning construction.
The different generations have different ideas when it comes to technology and social media, therefore in the meaning construction process, these generations think of social media with positive, negative, or neutral connotations.
The generation before us matches social media with being lazy, sloppy, and careless. Therefore as soon as the words “social media” get their attention, they automatically have a negative idea in their heads about what someone might be talking about.
However the generation after us sees “social media” as nothing but good and normal. Our generation typically views it neutrally because we can live with or without it, and we have.
If people want to increase their media literacy, they must first change the building blocks of their meaning matching skills. They must learn to become more open to ideas other than the ones that they have become accustomed to.