Are There Generational Differences? Social Media Use and Perceived Shared Reality

Brian J. Bowe, Donghee Yvette Wohn

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Abstract

Are there generational differences in how social media influences our perceived reality of the world? Based on the survey results of 1,060 adults in the U.S., this article examines generational differences between so-called "digital natives" - millennial students who have grown up using information communication technologies - And earlier generations, who have adopted social media tools later in life. We examined both traditional and social media usage patterns to see if social media use plays a role in perceived shared reality-how people are influenced by their network. The results suggest that the two generations differ in terms of how different facets of social media use are correlated with their perception of shared reality. However, certain uses of social media, such as clicking links provided by social media contacts, contribute to perceived shared reality both for younger and older people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2015
EditorsJenna Jacobson, Philip Mai, Barry Wellman, Anatoliy Gruzd
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339230
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 27 2015
EventInternational Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2015 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 27 2015Jul 29 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume2015-July

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2015
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/27/157/29/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Digital natives
  • Millennials
  • Shared reality
  • Social constructionism
  • Social influence
  • Social media

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