I feel bad writing this post, I’m using friends for this and they don’t even know it. What do I mean? Currently I am sitting in the uni centre writing this post and I have made a few observations about the group I am in, there are 6 of us here and all of us are guilty of looking at media in public. All six of us have our laptops out and are silent looking at what appears to be Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. No communication at all between us, we are just sitting here looking at our laptops. Is this really acceptable in a social group that we can sit at a table and instead of talking we stare at our screens and consume media?
Apparently this has become the social norm in today’s society. The youths are the biggest consumers of media and therefore are the biggest offenders. Joan Abbott-Chapman and Margaret Robertson wrote a paper called ‘Adolescents’ Favourite Places: Redefining the Boundaries between Private and Public Space’ which looked at a group of teens in Tasmania and their favourite places to look at media. It’s wasn’t surprising that the most common responses were places that were of a public nature. It was surprising that most teens in the study responded that they felt more comfortable in public than in the privacy of their own rooms.
How does this all relate to each other? Well when you think about I am just out of my teen years and so are most of my friends. We have been using technology in public for years, and it has now just become socially acceptable amongst the younger generations. Sometimes I would say looking at your phone would be acceptable in public, but when you are around people you are friends with and are meant to be socially interacting with, I would say that isn’t an acceptable time.
Abbot-Chapman, J & Roberston, M 2009, ‘Adolescents’ Favourite Places: Redefining the Boundaries between Private and Public Space’ Space and Culture, vol. 12, issue 419