Its Time They Stopped Calling You Antisocial For Living Your Life Online

Online social life is sometimes more rewarding than physical interactions



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My mother bought her very first smartphone on March this year.

It was the first time she saw a need for one, or rather that’s what she said.

She has been a high school teacher for the last 35 years. By now you must have already figured out she’s a boomer.

Before the authorities in Kenya closed down schools in March, following a surge in Covid-19 cases, she had just been okay with an old beat-up feature phone she’d owned for close to a decade.

(I took the old phone and I’ve been using it to keep tabs with vintage technology)

When we last had a physical meetup on April, she’d already joined WhatsApp.

It came as a shock to me given how she loathed social media technology in the past. She’d say youngsters exhibit anti social behavior due to technology.

But I was pleased she’d finally embraced technology.

And I can’t deny I got stirred up by the whole development, which I believe points to even more older people adopting and accepting technology, considering most would never have without the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since 2016, Baby boomers are showing the highest growth in WhatsApp and Instagram usage — 2019 research from Global Web Index

The need to protect ourselves and loved ones has seen even the most conservative folks give in to technology.

Its a dilemma for parents who have long complained about their kids spending most time on a computer or smartphones instead of playing outside with their friends.

Its also a confirmation of a prediction made by Dan Appleman in an online course I took on Pluralsight on The Future of Technology, where he says people will start shifting from broader social media interactions (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to online groups based on shared interests also dubbed digital campfires by Sara Wilson in an article published on Harvard Business Review.