People Of All Ages Talk About Using Social Media, Showing Just How Much Technology Has Evolved

“I need a 9-year-old to help me work Facebook.”

Remember when having a MySpace page was a big deal? Now we have a whole catalog of online profiles that are pretty much digital forms of identification. While our lives have become more techy over the years, social media means something completely different to each generation.

SoulPancake's latest installment of their 0-100 series explores how people of all ages relate to online culture — Snapchat, Facebook, "The Twitter," and the like. 

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"I do Facebook," said a 72-year-old woman in the video. "I don't really know how to do the other stuff, like 'tweeking' (tweeting LOL) and 'Lin-ked In' and all that other stuff."  

It's clear that each generation has a different relationship with social media. For the kids in the video, ages 7 to10, the Internet is a place for funny memes and YouTube videos. Teens and young adults seem most obsessed with the instant and endless connection found through social media. "It's like a rabbit hole," said a 17-year-old. "Instagram, oh my gosh, when you click on a video, there's like 20 million videos under it and you don't have to close it out because they just keep coming."

While everyone has their own positive perception of social media, they also understand the negative effects. Kids mostly spoke on issues that heavily affect them like cyberbullying. "It makes people feel self-conscious about themselves," said a 10-year-old boy. "It makes them want to change themselves because of mean comments, stuff that will really hurt somebody. So I don't have social media. I don't support it." Teens and young adults spoke about feeling inadequate, especially when comparing their offline lives to someone's online life. Older participants were most concerned with how much social media distracts us from real life connection. 

"Social media, I love you, I really do because we're always evolving and changing," said a 48-year-old woman. "But, allow us to be in the moment. I feel like sometimes social media can feel like a ball and chain." Like with any other thing, social media consumption definitely needs a healthy balance — no matter how old you are. 

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