In this book by Strauss and Howe they describe the cyclical pattern that history falls under. They state that every 20-22 years their is a changing of phases. The eras are high, awakening, unraveling, and crisis. They argue that we are currently in a crisis era, but it is not the initial event that defines an era. It is the response to the events that define an era.
Are we a lost generation that is ever learning? We claim that technology and the digital world is educating us, but we are not really coming to a knowledge. We are losing ourselves in the pursuit of whatever you want to call it. The prime characteristic of the Lost Generations was confusion. I believe that we are just that, confused.
As Kevin Gilbert states, we rely too much on the digital world. We rely too much on the pictures that we take and upload. It is creating confusion and chaos, because we do not know how to navigate through this digital wilderness.
I submit that as a society we need to begin searching with a purpose. We need to be mindful of the time and direction that we are going on social media. If we search the internet with a purpose we are much less likely to lose ourselves in this generation. When we know where we are going we can more fully keep our identity. This is a guard against becoming as the lost generation.
My coterie (roommates) frequently discuss the impact that social media and technology has on society. Most of them are gamers and thus are naturally good at critical thinking. Most of them disagree with the claim that I have made saying that social media is good for society. That it helps us to find ourselves. My group in class, "Patterns of the Past" argues a different way. What sayest thou?