Share and Share Alike


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I ride the Metro to work every day and people will sit on the Metro and have a conversation on their cell phones at normal volume as if everyone sitting the car wants to hear all about their life or even worse that they want to know about their work or personal ‘issues.”  Have we lost all sense of privacy or are we so self-centered that we have become oblivious to people around us and having respect for their right to enjoy the ride on the Metro in quiet. I have lost track of how many conversations that I have overheard in the grocery store, including someone obviously arguing with an ex in a nasty divorce. I grew up hearing the phrases “don’t air your dirty laundry” and “what will the neighbors think?” It used to be that personal conversations were private conversations that you kept…well…private. You held your conversations inside the house or inside your car.  I don’t want to hear about how hungover you are as you ride to work. Nor do I want to hear you argue with your ex about who gets to keep the Prkey Pig china set in the middle of the soup aisle, or even worse hear all about your medical “issues” as you contemplate the different options of cereal. I’m sure no one else does either.

I can see the generational difference on the Metro.  The oldest generation, the pre-Baby Boomers, hardly ever talk on their phones. If they do, it is a short conversation. “Hi. I just left station X. bye” *click* and the conversation is usually done in a whisper. Then you have the Baby Boomers who might or might not have a conversation, but it is usually carried on at a lower volume and not about anything too personal. Then you have Gen X and the Millenials. They are the boisterous crowd.  You hear both their phone conversations and in person conversations no matter where you are in the car.

Why is there this change through the generations? Is because the younger generations are growing up with loose rules? Or because no one is teaching them good manners? Or is because they are used to an online world and so figure the transparency applies to everything they do? Or are they just so self-centered they are oblivious to others? Or, do they just not care?

thoughts anyone?

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4 responses to “Share and Share Alike

  1. WaterRunning

    Interesting blog, Kristina, but it’s missing an important part of the equation: Generation Jones (between the Boomers and Generation X). Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten lots of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press’ annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009.

    It is important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture. Many experts now believe it breaks down more or less this way:

    DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
    Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
    Generation Jones: 1954-1965
    Generation X: 1966-1978
    Generation Y/Millennials: 1979-1993

    Here are some good links about GenJones I found:

    http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20090127/column27_st.art.htm

    http://generationjones.com/2009latest.html

  2. I once overhead a cell phone conversation in which the complete details of an OB-GYN exam were shared. The offender could see me giving her the evilest eye I could, but still didn’t stop blabbing the astonishingly private (and totally embarrassing) details!

    At least texting spares everyone around you TMI…:P

    Although that annoying clicking is another whole pet peeve 😦

  3. My guess would be not caring or self-absorbed. Kind of oblivious to the fact that people around them might not want to listen to their entire conversation, regardless of how dirty the laundry might be.

    I’d also note that Gen Y grew up WITH cell phone technology. Remember when WE (the elders of the generation) thought it was SO COOL for Zack Morris to talk on his huge block phone cell phone from a bag?! Now, I’m shocked when I meet someone who doesn’t have a phone. Gen X and back probably aren’t as conditioned to having cell phone conversations where-ever and whenever because they aren’t really used to it.

    That being said, in line at the grocer tonight my sister called to confirm dinner. My response was “Ok, sound good? Great. Well I’m now that annoying person on a cell phone in line so I’m gonna let you go.” Cashier (a Gen Y-er) grinned from ear to ear.

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