Are kids Brains Different when it comes to Social Media?

Are kids Brains Different when it comes to Social Media?I know it sounds like a crazy idea but hear me out. So you know how your grand parents used to tell you about the Great Depression and how you needed to save for a rainy day. My grand dad used to save everything including the wood and nails from old construction projects but I bet if he could have saved the paint he would have.

That generation of people who grew up with the Great Depression is slowly dying off now and for many of us it’s only a faint memory in our brains as “stuff our parents or grandparents used to say”.

I find this same dynamic happening now when I talk to kids today about the Social web. Grant it my kids are awesome in fact they impress me which how they are utilizing the social web but they are clearly growing up in a very liberal open and transparent time where sharing everything on the web is almost expected.

This came to life for me in Technicolor when I heard of the boy from Rutgers University who killed by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommates streamed a live video of him having sex with another man.

Ok we all did dumb things in our lives (especially in college) but I began to wonder if kids today are growing up without a synapse in their brains that we have developed over the years to know what is right and wrong when it comes to sharing.

I am not saying adults are perfect – see my eBook on the 5 Ways to get Fired using Facebook. But I think we have a sensibility that perhaps is less developed in our kids. And what happens when we all die off like the Great Depression memories who will be there to teach them about what’s ok to share and what’s not. Will there be courses in grammar school and high school in the future?

One thing is for sure – I feel like I am lecturing like my grand parents did about the great Depression when it to talking to kids about sharing online – perhaps I am turning into my parents after all.

8 comments to Are kids Brains Different when it comes to Social Media?

  • Well, they had to know that what they did was wrong. I guess that’s why they did it. I don’t think they said “lets do this perfectly normal everyday thing for our generation”. More like “This has to hurt, let’s freak him out…”

  • @priit – ok good point – but then they lacked the “rational” gene that says “maybe we shouldn’t post this – it’s just not cool”

  • It is very crazy to me to watch kids playing with computers and Social Media. They have to have some genetic advantage… they are just too good!

  • @Lance – Sounds like a Darwin theory in the making!!

  • KarenK

    if you remember your physiology, kids’ brains are still maturing even in college, so their “impulse control setting” is not quite where it needs to be (true for some more than others, of course).

    The difference I see is that today, it is a lot easier to do large(er) scale damage when your impulse control gets the best of you. In the past, maybe someone could have snapped a poor quality Polaroid and showed it to some friends. Now they can stream it on the internet…so the same stupid act can cause much more damage than in the old days.

  • @KarenK – good point I think the potential is in everyone’s hands which is what makes it so powerful but also so possible to do major damage!

  • Yes kids are different as they have the advantage of growing up with technology. My 20 month old daughter finds it diffficuly to understand a keyboard because she is use to a touch screen. For adults with a smart phone or tablet, wonder at how unituitive a Kimble & its qwerty key board is. I’m a child of the 70’s and I taught my parents to programmme a video recorder. My daughter will teach me that it is ok to do business/be friends with people that I have never met before. I hope that I won’t be a parent of the 70’s and recognise the changes and how to benefit from them.

  • @Wyndham – interesting perspective on growing up in a touch screen world – thanks for sharing!

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