Can Digital-Age Teens Still Talk to Analog Parents?


With social-networking devices transforming the way that individuals relate to each other, many fear that technology-based "generation gaps" are likely to widen not only between parents and children, but even between siblings separated by only a few years. In a worst-case scenario, some argue, this would lead to cyber-Balkanization, a sort of Internet Tower of Babel, in which meaningful communication would be limited to smaller and smaller groups as notions of relationships and even fundamental worldviews would vastly shift in an incredibly short period of time.