Why Gen Y Should Unplug from Digital Lives

Brad Hines, founder, YumDomains.com

Brad Hines is the founder of the domain name brokerage YumDomains.com as well as a social media consultant and part-time business writer who specializes in teaching people how to conduct business on the Internet. The Massachusetts native also is a lover of art, travel and his hobby, dimwitzcomics.com.

In this day and age when Gen Y is synonymous with all things technology, it’s hard to believe there are young people advocating for a return to “simpler times.” Brad joins Keeping Up with Gen Y to discuss how young adults shouldn’t replace “old school” ways of interacting with others despite the conveniences of social media. He also offers tips for Gen Y to create their own personal plans to become more productive in their offline lives.

About Tamara Bell

Tamara Bell is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Y Gen Out Loud, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that provides a platform for Generation Yto discuss national politics and public policy issues.

Tamara began her journalism career as a staff reporter for the Dallas Times Herald. A few years later, she moved to York, Pa., as a political reporter for the York Dispatch, covering local, state, and national government as well as writing investigative stories for the mid-sized daily newspaper.

A Texas girl at heart, Tamara returned to Dallas a year later to work as press relations director for the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. John Bryant. The next year, she moved to Austin and the Texas Legislature, where she stayed for 15 years. While at the Legislature, Tamara worked for Democratic House members as Chief-of-Staff and Press Secretary, and as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Senate State Affairs Committee chaired by a Republicansenator.

In 1996, Tamara became co-owner of a political newsletter covering state issues and elections. As Editor-in-Chief, Tamara helped shape the weekly publication into a must-read for state officials, legislative aides, and lobbyists. More recently, Tamara wrote a regular column analyzing coverage by the Texas Capitol Press Corps for an online political publication. She also works as a lecturer in the Advertising Department at The University of Texasat Austin.

Tamara has also been a judge for the 2010 Bright Ideas Award given by the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, served as a panelist at the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Region 8 Conference where the theme was How to Save Journalism, and has been a guest lecture for the Advertising Department’s Internship course, speaking about the jobs outlook for graduating seniors.

Tamara earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University. She resides in Austin with her son, Jackson.

Tamara Bell is also the Host of Keeping Up with Gen Y on WomensRadio. Keeping Up with Gen Y offers discussions, interviews, and commentary about important issues of the day from the perspective of Generation Y (18-to 30-years-old). Aimed at all generations interested in learning about and inspiring young people, this show features professionals, experts, researchers, and members of Gen Y who share insights and experiences about the topics on the minds of today’s young adults.


  1. Great Podcast. I do agree that Gen Y shouldn’t be so quick to replace old school ways of communicating. They are pushing forward their own ways of communicating at a record pace. I recently wrote an article on Gen Y transforming the banking industry because they now have the buying power to do so. I think you are right, and that Gen Y will continue to have a great impact for change in our society, especially over the next decade.

    • Hi Benjamin,

      Thank you for your thoughts on Gen Y and their impact on our society. And thank you, too, for the link to your article about Gen Y and banks. I think you raise some interesting points about how Gen Y want a more personal approach in all their dealings, and financial institutions are no exception.

  2. If we unplug them they may have to communicate and spell correctly!!