I am 27 years old. Some might say that this is old, yet I still belong amongst the generation dubbed Generation Y or “Millennials”. Me and my generation grew up in the midst of the digital revolution and all the inventions that have come along with it. We are familiar with old media (radio, tv, even the early stages of video gaming) and have been active participants in using new technology. We have been the early adapters when it comes down to the latest groundbreaking technologies. But we’re not the only users though. Over the course of the last decade of so we have seen a huge increase of use in new media by those aged 35 and up, with new media replacing the older media seemingly with light speed. Where there used to be a generation gap, we are evening things out bit by bit with the standardization of new media, we never disconnect.
Dependency is king
We are, as a collective, depending on new media and the use of modern technology. We use it in professional and personal settings, even cross breeding media to optimize our current communication. No matter where we are we are connected to each other and the world, with every self-respecting person owning a smartphone and a thousand and one portable devices gracing our presence so that no amount of time will be spent wasted and in vain. But is this modern addiction something to watch out for? There have been increasing outcry to tone down the dependence on modern media. Children and teenagers even have developed a social problem being addicted to online communication and these new media gave birth to a whole range of new problems, including cyberbullying, increased workloads and a huge amount of stress. And we all take it willingly, believe it or not.