The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful at the cemetery after my Grandma’s funeral. Seventy eight degrees, sunny and the leaves starting to turn color. In any other circumstance, I would have pulled out my phone and taken a photo of that glorious picture perfect weather day. However, I halted my knee jerk reaction because on this day, my own memory will have to do. But the fact that it crossed my mind as a felt my phone in my pocket, made me realize how attached we are to those phones. We want to capture every moment and share it. This is one of those moments when I say, “unplug.”
Yet, this is another generational difference between us Gen Xers and the younger generations. Jane Wells, of CNBC, points out Selfie’s at Funerals: people actually do that. So, where my frame of reference as a 40-something-year-old stopped me from taking a picture, that internal braking mechanism does not exist in those Gen Yers and Millenials.
What are the implications for the future, if any? If Gen Xers were the “MTV” generation, Gen Y and Millenials will be know as the “Selfies.”