Digital Gratitude without Digital Commitment
Digital Immigrant: it’s a thing, believe it or not. It basically means that you are crossing the great divide between adopting a digital approach to communication versus the good old-fashioned phone call or, gasp, written letter. Couple the gaping divide with the fact that social media has taken off and you may just find that you’ve been left in the dust.
There is a generation of young people being raised who will never experience a non-digital world (just google “millennial using rotary phone” for a good laugh). Digital is instantly gratifying. Sending messages on social channels is fast and easy. And most people have a network of friends and followers with whom they regularly interact digitally.
The trouble comes when adults want to bridge the communication gap between themselves and the younger generation.
But what’s involved with a digital relationship? In order to send messages to one another, you’re required to be social media “friends” or “followers”. It can be a challenge to decide how many people you accept into your personal digital sphere – sure, most of your friends are accepted but do you really want your boss, a teacher, Aunt Sally, or worse, mom and dad in the sphere? So oftentimes, in order to communicate digitally, you have to make a commitment – you have to follow, friend or like the recipient – starting a digital relationship.
How Do You Cross the Great Divide?
So, then, how do people who want to communicate with the younger generation do so in a way that is comfortable to both parties? How do we bridge this communication gap?
We have at least one solution as it relates to gratitude. Thankr eliminates complications and allows people to send fast, fun thank yous without the digital relationship. Thanking for the small things can be very satisfying to both parties and with the thankr app, this can even be accomplished digitally!
We challenge you to give it a go and let us know what you think (hint: app download links can be found here). Happy thanking!