I related very closely to dana boyd’s depiction of social media. In chapter three she talks about how kids rely on social media due to their limited freedoms: “For them, Facebook was the only way to stay connected”(boyd 85). Boyd does a very good job at grasping how younger people use social media. She accurately describes how children in this generation no longer have the time or opportunity to hang out with their friends in person as often. Instead, friendships need to be maintained over Facebook and other social media platforms. Social media allows for a sense of no limitations.
When I was in middle school but mostly high school, I became too busy to hang out with my friends every week. The only time I would see people was in school. I had to rely on texting and Facebook in order to communicate and keep up with what people were doing. My mom would tell me to go and hang out with my friends, but in this day and age, that is unrealistic. With the limited amount of time this generation has, it is almost impossible to make time to travel to your friend to hang out with them. My parents talk about how when they were young they would come home from school and walk to their friend’s house. Maybe my experience is so different because of where I live, but I could never just walk to a friend’s house. I would need my parents to drive me which with increasingly busy schedules became more and more difficult.
Dana boyd does a very good job at highlighting the disconnect between kids and their parents. In the beginning of the book and especially the third chapter, boyd goes back and forth between the opinions of kids and the opinions of parents. The younger and older generations have an extremely large disconnect. Parents have a perception that children are out of control on the internet and social media. On the other hand, parents know much less about social media so how can they say that we’re out of control? The younger generation needs to use social media in order to stay connected with the world around them. A song that I really like called My World by Kid Cudi has references to how kids need their social media accounts in order to stay connected to other people even when you aren’t with them in person.