Many of us 'older folks' cannot understand the stream of consciousness texting & social networking of the Youth of America. What... why... how???

This article posits that these young people have the ability to get to the heart of a matter in short pithy communications. Us 'older folks' prefer meetings, phone conversations and paragraphs of e-mail content.

I've experienced this in the workplace setting. Many of the Youth of America handle clear communication in a very adult manner with minimal repercussions. They don't need a lot of babysitting. They get things done. It's possible that the texting - social networking phenomenon is better preparing our youth for productive workplace interactions?

Others would say that the Youth of America are essentially raised and trained to have short attention spans. That they're unable to focus on tasks long enough to accomplish serious work. Multitasking is overrated and diminishes productivity.

Check out the Wall Street Journal article here:

The Greatest Generation (of Networkers)

What say you?

Is or will social networking help or hurt workplace productivity? Does it enhance or diminish organizational effectiveness?

Michael Ritsema
i3 Business Solutions, LLC
(via Wall Street Journal | MOVING ON)

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