Social media. When these new venues become the conduit for something faddish, their burnout time is ratcheted up and the quicker adults get wind of them.
Paradoxically, most of today’s fads center not on music at all but on social media. It wasn’t long ago that kids emailed each other. They don’t do that anymore. Now they text, tweet or Skype (ask your grandkids). A friend of mine tells me his teenage son told him about a new platform in which kids send messages to each other that last only seconds before disappearing, perhaps exactly mirroring the typical teen’s attention span.
Not long ago, Facebook was all the rage, the playground of youth and youth only. It took adults a while to catch up to what it was all about and how to employ and enjoy it. And now that they have figured it out, kids have noticed and pine for something new to replace it. To them, using Facebook is a bit like inviting their parents to sit down and join them and their friends in conversation.
If Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has anything about which to lose sleep, surely it is this.