Social networking: Young adults searching for a way to connect

Number of Utah young adults is growing

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 29, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Free agency--thank you for a great post. You are so right. Learning to be not just "okay" but authentic, vibrant and "you" when alone is more important than any coaching, connecting, networking, or # of facebook friends could ever be.
    Even folks with plenty of family and friends around would do well to ask themselves, "what am I when no one is around?"

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    As an older person who's puzzled by the huge emphasis on "social networking," here's my own take on how to authentically "connect" with others:

    First, learn to be very comfortable in your own skin. You can't truly connect with someone else if you're taking your cues from the "hive" on how to be. (They're probably doing the same with you. That's how most social situations operate.)

    This means learning to be comfortable at times in solitude and in silence. Overcome your anxiety that there's "no one there" and that "nothing is happening." *You're* there--and when you are, something is always happening.

    Then, once you're not just comfortable but *vibrant" in your own skin, you can go out in the world and approach anyone you like. And those who are in the same vibrancy will welcome it. This is how to achieve authentic relationships.

    And I can assure you, a comparatively few authentic relationships will make you feel much more nourished than a hundred "social connections" and certainly more nourished than a thousand Facebook "friends."

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 25, 2013 3:40 a.m.

    Mentors try to lump and classify people but does not work because the mentors are demanding to exploiting his mindset.

    The thing about education and ones future is left out of the educaiton systems. After a young man or woman turns 18 their life is a new beginning where family, parenting and avocations begin to develop but gets delayed by pressure of government and debt lead nowhere in today's economy. Without an economy, campus is buildings to hide unemployed workers getting fake education for fake jobs and fake economy.

    When people become 18-22 they have reached their potential for developing their future as parents and family and productive workers of society, its a shame that these young americans wait too long and miss out on the youthful years to build a life and family. Education cannot replace the dozens of lost years of narrow goals.

    For the over the hill mid-lifers, the choices are fewer as habits and mind development are not based on joint goals and development to overlap meaningful life and relationships. This course government has set to fund schools by persoanl debts has backfired and put the economy into regression and the 1920's.