EUGENE, Ore. – You won’t find many Eugene young people outside these days due to their great interest in Facebook and other online brain candy.
In fact, when you do encounter Eugene area teens and even local university students they are wired in some form or another.
Thus, the beautiful Eugene weather seems almost wasted on many of the young in Eugene today who are either hunkered down inside, or into some cyber space when outside.
Friendface parodies Facebook Linksters who crave Facetime, but are left wanting
With their necks curved like a bird bending forward to grasp a worm, three teen friends try and navigate the streets of Eugene without making eye contact with passing pedestrians; they later reveal their actions — to “connect with Facebook friends” on their iPhones – while doing something totally unfriendly that’s parodied in “Friendface.”
A fictional social networking site known as “Friendface,” is the title of an award winning episode of the hit British comedy “The IT Crowd.” Friendface is a “farce” about Facebook, and IT (information technology) friends becoming idiots, and facing ridicule for being obsessive with their online lives that nobody seems to care about. It’s about people wanting friends online, and then realizing that “real friends” are not in cyberspace but actually flesh and blood humans that they can actually give face time to if only they would look up from their iPhones and computers, explains the producers of Friendface that helped The It Crowd earn the show awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) and the “Rose d’Or” or top entertainment award in England.
New generation of Facebook “Linksters” called a group of hard wired teens
A CareerBuilder.com definition of “the Facebook Generation,” is a group of 15-to-19-year-olds who live and breathe technology.” In turn, the “IT Crowd” would call them “Friendface” fans.
A former Facebook member — and now a University of Oregon graduate looking for a job – named Roger, said many of his friends are part “of that Facebook Generation.”
“They still live at home. They almost live on line. When they move outside the house, they are wired with their iPhones and the mind set is to stay online as much as possible throughout the day. It’s sort of like those Sixties hippies around time who want to stay high all the time. Instead of being high on drugs, the Facebook crowd stays high online,” explained Roger who also noted that staying online too much for him results in being doubtful, uncertain and even indecisive about “things I have to do in real life.”
In fact, an overview on CareerBuilder.com on how to “manage Linksters,” notes that those dealing with these preoccupied teams – who strike the pose and look down at either an iPhone or a computer screen whenever possible – requires those who come into contact with tech-youth to “ride herd on them” due to their “short attention spans,” and that they “lose interest if the work is boring.”
“Linksters need clear direction about what you expect. This includes basics, such as when you expect them to arrive, number of hours, and duties of the job. They are used to being told what to do, in detail and explicitly,” states CareerBuilder.com states about teens who view the world via cyberspace and what they learn from Facebook.
Friendface takes away facetime because of Facebook
You just sent one of those lame “hi” e-mails to your significant other and figure your birthday obligation is all sorted; not so, according to “Facetime,” the human replacement for Facebook and other social networking that adds human face-to-face communications to this digital age.
Facetime asks that you spend some time today for your friend’s birthday, for example.
In turn, a student at Lane Community College in Eugene, explains that his parents pay for his cell phone and laptop Internet connection, and other allowances go for “gas, fast food and stuff.”
So sending a Facebook “happy birthday” e-mail is all he says he can afford.
As for actually visiting the friend at his or her house to offer a proper “happy birthday,” the response is “dude, get real,” because everybody is online.
“Facetime” promotion attempts to find the humanity in youth today
“We’ve got nothing against the Internet, but when people are surfing the Web, they’re missing the best part of life – being together! That’s why we created the first Web site devoted to helping people spend less time online and more time with each other. For starters, we’ve allocated just enough time to browse every link, but not a second more. So enjoy your three minutes, then get out there and make face time. Chop, chop. Time starts now,” explains the “Make Facetime” campaign for Dentyne brand-owner Cadbury in England that began in 2008 and is just now making inroads in America.
According to a “Facetime” news release, the focus for these Make Facetime ads on the Internet is to “induce under-twenties to swap their technology for some simply face time with their family members and friends.”
While most high school and college kids “don’t get it because they so wired that they don’t talk much to each other these days,” it’s a good wake-up call, says a Eugene art student who helped produce a Facetime display. “I’m sure they don’t get it because it’s much easier to text, e-mail or talk to someone you will never speak to physically,” the student added.
Facetime ads are no match for the 550 million Facebook users who make “communications” online, but it’s one way, say art students, to get fellow students “outside to actually speak to people face-to-face.”