Lisa, of Grown and Flown, writes: Facebook was developed by teenagers, for teenagers and I wonder if it, and its cousins Pinterest, Twitter, Reddit and Google+, are not turning us all into adolescents. Adults conduct their social interactions differently than teens and young adults but the constructs of social media invite us to sound like our younger selves. This is because social media is caught in time. And that time, not surprisingly, is the student years when most of us cared desperately about the opinions of others and may have been far less secure about ourselves both personally and professionally.
With maturity, we evolved, and had less need to brag, more need to truly connect, and a decidedly improved ability to express ourselves. Yet as adults, we are using the tools of teens to communicate as we venture into social media, not always to the best effect. Here is how it happens:
On social media we clamour for the attention of those we barely know while, because it its allure, often ignoring those seated at our own dinner table. The last time I ignored the people I lived with, I was 15 years old.