Posts Tagged ‘communication’

Is Social Media Use Affecting Millennials Ability to Socialize In-Person?

September 01st, 2009

Hey All!

Interesting article today on this topic, but before I share that, I’m going to take a few minutes for some shameless self promotion. But I’m not asking you for money, so don’t panic! Here are links to some very stuff that include quotes or interviews with me …one is the NY Times!

1. New York Times article, was in Saturday’s paper. I’m quoted on Page 2 and the article is called “For Best Results, Take the Sting Out of Criticism”, written by NY Times reporter, Alina Tugend. She interviewed me specifically about how to approach giving criticism to Millennials.

2. “Blog Business World” blogger, Wayne Hurlbert, not only did a review of my book on his blog, but also ran a long interview with me about Millennials in the workforce (recruiting, managing, retaining, etc.).

“Blog Business World” Book Review of “Millennials Incorporated”, CLICK HERE!

“Blog Business World” interview with me, CLICK HERE!

Okay, that gets you current on a few media things “with me” involved. I was also interviewed by another NY Times reporter, and 2 people from the Wall Street Journal last week, so I’ll post links when the articles are done.

Now, onto this interest story…I saw this article today on Yahoo! Tech, and it has already received over 100 comments! That’s a lot.

The title is: High-tech Kids Lost in Face-to-Face Relationships

Here’s an excerpt:

Social networks and cell phones… you and I may find these technologies sacrosanct, but for kids getting weaned on this stuff, relationships in the real world may be suffering badly.

With the average teen sending or receiving over 2,000 text messages a month and spending nine hours a week on social networking sites, experts are worried that in-person, face-to-face social interaction is beginning to take a back seat to this twitchy, impersonal, and detached form of communication. The problem: When people rely exclusively on short bursts of written communication, those doing the texting miss out on the subtleties that come with a verbal and (especially) face-to-face discussion.

I can’t run the whole article, or I could get put in Yahoo! jail. So CLICK HERE to continue reading it, and check out all the comments!



Bye for now,


Funny Letter to Millennials-Gen Y From Member of Older Generation

February 02nd, 2009

Hi All,

I received this email from a client who had received it through a mass group email. I don’t know who the author is but clearly it’s someone from the Gen X, Generation Jones or Boomer generations.

Before I receive heated emails from any Millennials, please note I did NOT write this. I’m simply sharing it because I think it’s funny. And I have also shared in previous blogs rants from Millennials about older generations, so it’s only fair that when I come across these things it’s equally distributed!


When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…uphill…barefoot …BOTH ways. 

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

And, I remember promising myself that, when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!

But now that I’m over the ripe old age of thirty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And, I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it! I mean, when I was a kid, we didn’t have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen! Then, you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself! Or, you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ’d usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal – that’s it! And, we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘asteroids’. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your Imagination!! And, there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen, forever! And, you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

And, we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove… imagine that! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy.

You’re spoiled. You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1980!


The Over 30 Crowd

Bye for now!