SALT LAKE CITY -- It is a strange dividing line that adds new meaning to the idea that politics makes strange bedfellows.
The use of social media has created an interesting divide between the old and new in political circles.
On one end of the spectrum are some seasoned politicians who believe in keeping in contact with their constituency in the "old-fashioned way." That doesn't include Facebook, Twitter or blogging.
"I'm not a good juggler. I'm not a modern media guy," Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, confessed.
He said he has trouble even keeping up with his incoming email, let alone going beyond that. He still uses town hall meetings in his efforts to keep in touch with people in his district.
Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, said he seldom uses the new media.
"I am a traditionalist. I rely on the media, phone and email to communicate. Occasionally, I will post something on the Senate blog," he said.
By contrast, Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, has a blog, uses Facebook and tweets to stay in touch with an increasing number of younger residents in his district.
Another newcomer to the Senate also has embraced the new media.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, has blogged about his experience of being a state senator since he was chosen earlier this month to replace former Sen. Dan Liljenquist.
Weiler said he has actively used social media for more than four years and plans to continue to reach out in that way in his new post.
Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, is a communications specialist, but even he admits the new media is not something he has completely embraced or kept up with.
Handy said he has a Facebook page but hasn't used it actively in the last two years he has served.
"I feel like I'm behind the curve," he said.
Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, said he has used a website for several years but admits it has been more to deal with election issues than to keep people in touch with pending moves, additions or changes in the House.
Some politicians have found a happy medium.
Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, has been sending weekly updates to members of her district since she took office.
Rep. Steward Barlow, R-Fruit Heights, said he has a Facebook page but doesn't use it actively.