In our days the Facebook generation have debuted on the revolving stage of life. The Facebook generation started in 1996 with Facebook and its members are born today, too. They are often called ”turn of the millenium generation,” and the most recent term is ”digital natives.”
They have grown up with the new technologies (computer, mobile phone, Internet), and they are hardly able to imagine their life without these. The services offered by the new technologies are part of their daily life, they are conveniently at home in the online world of the Internet. Belonging to virtual communities (e. g. Facebook) is more important for them than building personal connections.
They spend less and less time reading, and more and more time playing computer games. They are able to occupy themselves with several things simultaneously; they are used to receiving large amounts of information in a short time. But the way they manage information has been transformed, as the vast amounts of information they receive online is overwhelming, and they do not have time to process and arrange it. A lot of it soon loses actuality, so very often people do not remember the information itself, but the way of accessing it. For them, information should be interesting, and not so much its reality or accuracy.
In this way, they receive a lot of information that is unsuited to their age, and they are emotionally unable to cope with it. The rapid stream of information leaves no time for people to process and arrange it; freshly shared information is coming in from minute to minute, and because of the lack of meta-communication, the information itself is often misunderstood.
The human Mind has been conditioned by traditions and social expectations for centuries. The conditioned patterns of behaviour constitute personal identity and provide the foundations for human behaviour.
Nowadays, however, the ”Facebook generation” is a lot more difficult to condition in the old ways, since for them traditions–religious or social–are much less important than these were for the previous generations.
It is closely related with the fact that the mind of the new generation is more open to new things, and the handling of the immense amounts of information requires an entirely new attitude and way of thinking. The safe shelter of traditions is now lost, the openness of the new generations make them exposed and vulnerable in the stream of large amounts of information.
The Collection of our Masks
In our daily life we tend to cover our real face with a set of masks. Our personal identity is the collection of our various masks. We immediately put on one of those masks whenever we are not alone. Whenever there is another person in the room with us, one of our masks is automatically fixed on our face, matching the situation and the other person.
We ourselves have created these masks unconsciously, under the influence of our parents and teachers, in the course of our life. As a child we made efforts to meet all the innumerable expectations of society reaching us through our parents and teachers. Perhaps the first of these masks is that of the ”good kid” mask, as our conditioned us to the behavioural patterns of a good child. Then, as we grow up, the number of our masks begin to increase steadily.