Communication technology is bringing generations together like never before. Technologies that used to serve as a divider between older and younger generations are now connecting them in ways that have never been possible in the past. These days social networks, mobile applications and games are just as popular with parents and grandparents as they are with younger generations.
These communication technologies are helping to close generational gaps existing in families all over the world. In Andreas Bernström’s piece for the Huffington Post, he highlights four reasons why these technologies are such a positive thing for our society: There are now no more restrictions on how, or where we communicate, the ubiquity of social networking and gaming applications like Twitter, Facebook and Words With Friends are bringing back the feelings associated with a “family game night”, older generations are becoming more tech-savvy, and free messaging and calling applications are enhancing family communication, leading to more frequent connections.
The interconnectedness of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops have completed changed the game. These devices are a major leap forward from traditional phone calls, which allows for faster response times and more frequent exchanges. Social gaming is a perfect example of how technology is transforming family interactions. Mobile and social games are now taking place of the lost “family game night” pastime. These games allow families to connect, interact, and play with each other no matter how far apart they are in reality while keeping the element of closeness intact. Mobile and social games brings the game night tradition back in a more modern way that appeals to our society’s on-the-go lifestyle.
These communication technologies appeal to older generations as much as they do to the younger ones. These days it is no big deal to see a parent or grandparent post something on facebook or like something on instagram. Our older generation has recognized the importance of having a presence on social networks. The presence of older generations on social networks is a trend that’s here to stay, and one that will continue for future generations.