The virtual world is different. It is liked by the people perhaps because they rule the relationships in the virtual world. If they don't like any individual, they can instantaneously break the relationship by 'unfriending' or 'blocking' or 'quitting' the group. However, it real life it is not possible. One has to make all possible efforts to nurture and maintain the relationships. Being engrossed in the virtual world is sort of an escapist attitude.
Regarding main point of thread, the chiding of elders will vanish soon as they themselves will become addicted to the social media in due course.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
When the kids are on their tabs/mobiles, elders do get annoyed. What I've noticed is, when kids are forcefully told to keep their tabs away, their conservation with elders becomes mono-syllable, only a nod or one word for questions asked, it takes sometime for them to calm down.
I think, we have to consider the children's view point also, everyone at their age has gadgets, so we can give them the tabs/mobile and set a time limit so that the kids are happy and yet know that they can't use it for long duration.