Social Networks Fill the Communication Gap Between Generations


During our Sunday breakfast at home, where all the members of our family were completely present last weekend, I realized that the phenomenon, which they call technology-based generation difference, is about to get confused. I heard a sentence from my mother approaching 70: “My daughter is on Facebook and let’s look at the photos taken by Tülin Aunts at the beginning of the year”. I had a slight shock, by the way. I prepared to list a few questions that came to my mind immediately. “Mother, do you know what Facebook is? Come on, I passed it. Let’s talk about it with Tülin (he is 65 years old)). Let’s say you talked about it. How do you hear that you can share photos on this site?” Etc… When trying to get over this shock, the second bomb came from my father: (referring to the team he was holding) “Galatasaray has a page on Facebook, why didn’t you tell me, İsmail Amcan has also opened a page for himself, you can open it for me”, shouldn’t you say?

My dear mother, who is not a member of our family even learning how to use a mobile phone, tells me about a Facebook application, my father, who is a retired bank manager, who has not thought about internet banking for a day, says that he wants to follow his team from Facebook, As if these were not enough, he asked me to open a Facebook account for him! All this aside, my mother and father don’t even have an email address! For the first time since the computer entered our house, I have been facing a computer-related communication request. This is the clearest proof of what social media has had on individuals and communities.

Until this time, there was a serious gap between the communication and communication methods of different generations in parallel with the development of technology. For a long time, young people were informed before the technological developments, and then they informed the elders. The computer, the mobile phone, and the iPod first recognized the young generation, used it, then introduced it to their parents and elders. After all, the information age, all communication tools that provide access to information, especially the internet, target younger generations. Today, under the domination of social networks, many people of all ages and social status can express themselves more clearly and can voice their thoughts on a higher level.

With the onset of the Web 2.0 era, the numbers have increased rapidly, and social networks and social media tools, which are part of our daily lives, have started to include not only young people but also the rest of the communities with some curiosity and effort. All of these changes and developments are necessarily positioning the science of sociology as an element of this new media strategy. Now, regardless of the criteria such as gender, age, and social status, even though there is no written law in this regard, what we need to do is participation as much as we can.

We are currently undergoing a social evolution. Every day more and more people are constantly replicating as members of one or more social networks. In this way, it became possible to talk about two different social groups that are on social media and not. With reference to a famous song, ‘we are inside or outside this circle’. The situation is a bit boring and daunting for those outside, but social networks have become a brand-new and self-renewing communication bridge between people, and so everyone has to be involved in this evolution eventually. After all, there will be a minority outside the circle that is not worth mentioning.