Millennials’ Late Bloomer

To continue my fascination of today’s youth, this is another post about Millennials. Ohh but before I continue this post, please kindly note that (apparently) I am one of the Millennials as well.

Okay, let’s simplify the Millenials as people who can not live without technology and gadgets. People who are constantly on-the-go, always-on, always reachable, stand-by 24/7. I practically can imagine how building walls or borders between countries are okay as long as wi-fi available everywhere!

I feel sad whenever I see kids (pre-schoolers) are glued to their parents’ mobile phone. Or perhaps by intention, the parents hand their children the device to keep the children quiet (yet busy). I keep my nieces (7y and 3y) busy by playing catch-and-run or give them books and puzzle. But hey, I don’t spend time with them 24/7 so I have zero experience on how to keep children occupy (without involving mobile-gadgets). A cry out from one of my friend who has three boys ranging from 7y, 4y and 9 months-baby, admitted that she would let her boys play games in her mobile phone, watching hours of cartoons on TV, and this is what she recently and shockingly discovered that her 9 months-baby responds well and smiling whenever she hands him her mobile phone.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against technology and gadgets. They’re such great innovations and world-changing! Seriously changing our live that is.

But since I consider myself ‘old-school’, so please forgive me for not understanding today’s expression or for not following your latest status and pictures or your whereabouts. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to technology and it may take some time for me to deal with technology. Simply put, I am not tech savvy! Or yeah, I just probably refuse to use all that social medias thingy. It’s not that I don’t want to know about my friends’ update situation or I don’t want to be attached so much to my phone. Or…. I honestly just don’t know what to say.

All I know is that (if I’m having my day off and not excruciatingly bonding with my siblings) I prefer us to meet and keep the existence really exist in real life instead writing for brevity’s sake in that little column saying ‘hi, how are you?’

Jakarta, 01.07.17

PS: I consider WhatsApp and Hangouts very useful and real-time social medias. So hey.. I may not have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Path, FaceTime, Snapchat, etc… but you can always buzz me via Hangouts: arta.jakarta07 or WA: +6287 8877 110xx (write me email if you want to know the last two numbers!). See you in a jiff! Yup, I’m definitely old-school! 😀

If any of you interested in reading more about the Millennials, then please do take some time to read the following articles:

How generational differences will impact America’s aging workforce: strategies for dealing with aging millennials, generation X, and baby boomers

Social Media Applications Preference by Generation and Gender: An Exploratory Study

EI and Learning Styles: The Effect on Learning of Generationals

Does privacy matter to millennials? The case for personal cloud

The Generational Shift in the Workplace: Are WE Ready?

One thought on “Millennials’ Late Bloomer

  1. kutukamus

    It’s a matter of choice indeed, I guess—about what suits us best. All my [old] friends knew that I learned ‘programming languages’ when the mere idea of turning on a computer would make many people cower in fear (back in the 80’s). So when we crossed paths much later on (sometime in the more recent past), most (if not all) of them gave me that particular look when people are shaken with disbelief),

    “What? No FB/twit/insta.. even BB/WA?? Why?! How could..? What happened..?”

    It’s become kind of routine, really. And so were my answers,

    “If you want me, you could give me a call, text/email me and/or we could see each other and having some face-to-face conversation. But no so-called social media (I usually say nothing about my blogs). I have enough nonsense from TV already.”

    Some did. I love them all. :)

    PS: I have nothing against people who enjoy any of those nowadays techs (they sure have their merits). It’s just that I don’t feel like doing it myself.

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