SOCIAL MEDIA AT DIFFERENT AGES

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Stacey Leandre, 23, is a former student of the university and dished just how much she’s involved with social media. “My friends forced me to make a Facebook but I SO against it until sophomore year of college. I finally gave in.” Many young people, including myself, are a lot more reluctant to make a profile for the latest social media site than one would imagine. A huge reason I kept my Facebook as long as I did was because I loved seeing updates on my family members that I don’t get to see or talk to often and vice versa. It’s sad to say but the reason I even created a Twitter was because it was required of me by a past professor, she would have us tweet a minimum of twice a week about the class or anything pertaining to the topic we were reviewing that week. In Stacey’s case it was never required of her from an authority figure, but instead peer pressure from her friends. “Apparently having a Facebook isn’t good enough anymore, now they keep asking that I make an Instagram or something. I was proud to even get Snapchat, that’s enough for me right now.”

But then you have other young people like Kelsey Huntington, 21, who are social media savvy and quick to jump on the latest trend. “Right now I have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and a Vine account. But I only really use Instagram, the others I barely check except for Vine because they actually have funny stuff on there.”

To find someone who was the polar opposite of Kelsey and other I went to an elderly woman whose name is Anna Boutelle, 77. “We bought our grandchildren those things for Christmas or birthdays but I don’t know how to even use the Nook my kids got me last year.” When I asked Mrs. Boutelle what social media sites she was on her response was, “Facebook is where I see all my friends and family.”

THEN VS NOW: VHS TO DVD

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Unlike children today, I grew up in the “Please remember to rewind!” label era that you could find on any VHS you rented from Blockbuster. Come to think of it, kids born in the mid 90’s won’t know anything short of being able to access pretty much any movie they want  with one click through sites like Netflix or iTunes.

90s kids vs kids todayFirst let’s back up and look at the history of the VHS and when it first rose to prominence. VHS tapes were a creation of the JVC Corporation, which developed them from a number of earlier video tape formats. While video cassette recorders had been around since 1956, they were often very expensive and not widely available for people to purchase and use at home. That changed in the 1970s, when the technology became cheap enough to offer to consumers. The VHS tape and VCR recorder were first introduced in 1975, with an estimated 2 hour running time on most cassettes.

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I remember being in elementary school and I would instantly become ecstatic when you saw the roll-in TV in front of the classroom; mostly because it meant little to no actual school work for the period. By the time I reached middle school, which is when I was about 12, teachers no longer used the huge TV stands. Instead each classroom had a projector and projector screen in it and teachers were able to put the DVD into the computer and play it on the much larger screen. While this is more convenient, I can’t help but to see images like this and feel partly old because my younger brother who just entered the 8th grade has never watched a movie on VHS and definitely never saw one of these in any classroom of his.