I am a borderline Gen Xer. Depending on which study you look at, I am sometimes listed as a Baby Boomer. Labels don’t matter all that much, but I have always felt more affinity to Gen Xers and it always made me feel a little bit younger to label myself as such too.
But recently I have been feeling like I’m not much of a Gen X-er either, especially in relation to what others of my generation seemed to be focussed on. Quite often I feel more of a digital native like my kids, I am soooo comfortable with most technology. I game like they do, although my regular gaming is more online board games (which is definitely in line with my demographic), although I do get with the kids and play X-Box or Nintendo DS on the odd occasion.
I guess I am a bit like the person who migrates to a new country and just goes overboard in embracing their new home. They learn the national anthem, try to live like a person in that country does, picks up the lingo etc – they basically begin a love affair with their new home and I guess that is what I have been like with Web 2.0. And that has helped me to feel more like a digital native than an immigrant.
So what’s the problem? I think its that the shine is going off the relationship a bit. Probably for a few different reasons.
Firstly, the development of Web 2.0 tools seems to have slowed down. Twitter, which I love is probably the last big thing I jumped on board with. I signed up to Friend Feed, but for an organised person such as myself, I just find it to chaotic to work through. Everything else considered Web 2.0 has been around for a while, some like blogs have been around for over 10 years! Where’s the next big thing to catch my interest again?
Secondly, even though I am well entrenched in Web 2.0, most of my workmates, friends and family aren’t and I get so frustrated with this. They don’t see these tools and their potential the way that I do and I can’t find the way to help them to do so. I spoke to a new staff member whose former workplace didn’t even have a website! Everyone still seems a long way behind and I feel like I’ve been in those space for a long time too. When is it all going to catch up?
Maybe I’m just tired, maybe I need a holiday (coming up in 4 weeks, yay!) or maybe its all just in my head. Would love to hear what you guys have to say on the topic, are you experiencing the same types of things?