While the younger generation has more rapidly adopted much of the new technology, many in the "older" generation of psychiatrists
have been reluctant to do so. However, those of us in the "older generation" must develop both an appreciation for and an
understanding of the value and importance of the newer ways to communicate, especially the use of social networks and other
features of the Internet. These new modalities can contribute to revolutionary change as we have seen through recent events
in parts of the Middle East and North Africa and expand opportunities for us to interact with our patients in different ways.
We should value social network phenomena but collaborate to develop ways to expand the personal side of communication. Anonymous,
one-dimensional communications from those we don't know are likely to be discarded and/or distorted, and, if passed on, may
reinforce negative constructs and alienation. Alternatively, if we can integrate personal, in-depth messages through the social
connections now available with new technology, we should be able to both enhance our ability to share accurate information
rapidly and widely and contribute to a richer, more nuanced understanding of some of the factors that influence how we behave
and interact with each other.