Monday, February 16, 2009

Facebook is for Xers - but not for the reason you think

It turns out that Gen Xers are using Facebook - A LOT. But it's not because we're cool, it's because we're getting old (don't worry, we're still cool).

My college friend, Jen, sent me this article (on my Facebook page, no less, talk about irony). It's basic premise is that Facebook appeals to my demographic because we want to find our old friends and we're not worried about being cool (because, again, we ARE cool).

The only part I don't agree with is that we don't understand Twitter (yes we do) and that we can't remember email addresses (you don't need to, duh).

Another thing about the article - it's obvious an Xer wrote it. Here's why: Xers aren't so much worried about getting old as losing our coolness. And a lot of us like sardonic humor - and think it makes us cool. That's why I call my most productive colleague "slacker" (it's okay, he's Gen X and he thinks it's funny.)


CrustyBill said...

I agree with you about Twitter, know a lot of our generation (and older) that uses it... probably not in the same way as the younger generation, but we get it. (example of younger gen... was in a presentation and a girl 10 years younger was simultaneously, twittering, updated facebook, her blog, recording and sharing video, instant messaging, visiting flickr and sending emails)

Anonymous said...


I agree with you regarding the way Gen Y can integrate so many different media at the same time. However, it does kind of get on my nerves when they do it in a meeting, etc. I think some of that goes back to my Gen X roots. I want to get things done (especially meetings) quickly and I associate focusing with speed.


CrustyBill said...

Very true!

Maybe there's something to the fact that we have grown up along and the technology has grown up and we tend to use what need instead of anything and everything that comes along.

Kristina said...

Sounds about right to me. I like staying in touch with people I can't see face to face every day.

I don't kid myself that I'm cool, though. That's not a generational cohort thing, that's just a "Kris is a dork" thing....

Anonymous said...

Kris, you're not a dork. I'd say you're more of a geek.

I'm just kidding!!! You are cooler than cool - you're ice cold.


Anonymous said...

ice cold...that made me laugh. thanks for the chuckle