As long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by technology and the endless urge to be connected with the world. This could be accredited to growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s which has always been considered the era of ‘Digital Natives’ thus becoming the founders of the social media movement.
Like many millennials, I cannot picture life without being highly connected to technology and the daily need to social media ‘scroll’. Some may believe this is a horrible existence,‘an addiction causing a technological illness that society must immediately address’ causing the death of the generation. However, Boyd’s direct attention to adult condemnation of technology for millennials undesirable behaviours without the recognition of cultural, social and personal factors are ripe with my way of thinking. Captivation in this digital abundant lifestyle and culture offers access to information, communicating with friends and family that you may not see on a regular basis and keeping up to date with trending news and events. Thus, developing wisdom requires active learning, hence digital natives collect many technological skills through broad experimentation with social media and intrusiveness to web based sites.
In my early adolescent years, given my fluency and comfort with technology, I stumbled across many blog posts and social media ‘gurus’ who gushed over destinations with amazing scenery. Those tropical beaches with pearly white sand and transparent blue water, to meeting orphans in third world countries and exploring the rich culture that these under developed countries have to offer was the first taste of ‘wanderlust’ which in turn, gave me a huge appetite to travel. In my short 22 years of existence, I have been blessed with being able to travel to over 15 different countries and I can unquestionably hold technology platforms responsible for my love to travel.
I am excited to see the evolving trends of technology and social media that will be presented to us over many years to come and how we as ‘Digital Natives’ emerge with these changes as we mature with age.