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Redes Sociais e Gerações A Influência das Idades no Uso das Plataformas Digitais

Social media has become a central element in human communication and interaction, profoundly influencing how people connect, share information, and consume content. However, the use and perception of these platforms vary significantly among different generations, shaped by the specific characteristics and needs of each age group.


Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
Baby Boomers witnessed the rise of television and the telephone as primary means of mass communication. For many in this generation, entering social media was a gradual process. Initially showing some resistance to digital technologies, Boomers adopted platforms like Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends, especially at a stage in life where family closeness and memories hold great value. They tend to value content that promotes nostalgia and personal connection.


Generation X (1965-1980)Generation X grew up during the transition from analog to digital, experiencing both the pre-internet era and the advent of the digital revolution. Adapting relatively easily to new technologies, this generation uses social media for both personal and professional purposes. LinkedIn, for example, is popular among Generation X members, who use it for networking and career development. Additionally, Facebook and Twitter are often used to stay informed and connected with their social circles.


Millennials (1981-1996)
Millennials, or Generation Y, are often described as digital natives, having grown up alongside the internet and early social networks. This generation has a strong presence on platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, using them not only for socialization but also for identity building, personal branding, and media consumption. Millennials value authenticity and transparency, and they tend to connect with brands and causes that reflect their personal values. They are also avid consumers of visual and interactive content, preferring media formats that offer a rich and dynamic experience.


Generation Z (1997-2012)
Generation Z is the first to grow up fully immersed in a digital world, significantly influencing their behavior on social media. They prefer platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, which offer quick, visual, and interactive content. Generation Z values privacy, often opting for networks where they can share more ephemeral and controlled content. Additionally, they are avid consumers and creators of content, using social media as primary sources of entertainment, information, and even education. They are more likely to follow influencers and engage in social movements and online activism.


Generation Alpha (2013-2025)
Generation Alpha, currently in their childhood years, already shows significant engagement with social media, primarily through the use of their parents’ mobile devices. Although still largely under adult supervision, trends indicate that their engagement with digital platforms will be even more intense and early than that of previous generations. Apps like YouTube Kids and interactive games with social network elements are popular among these young users. Parental influence and digital safety will be crucial factors in shaping their social media habits.


The evolution of social media is reflected in the different ways each generation uses it, shaping behaviors, preferences, and values regarding digital communication. While Baby Boomers and Generation X use social networks to maintain social and professional connections, Millennials and Generation Z explore these platforms for self-expression, entertainment, and activism. Observing these trends, it is clear that social media will continue to evolve, adapting to the needs and characteristics of new generations, influencing and being influenced by them.

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