And so I’m left wondering if the kids haven’t shown us the right path here. For years, young people have been locking down their social accounts to new followers, opting to add (and remove) people on an ad-hoc basis. Certainly, in an era where your parents are on said networks, this makes sense. But it actually makes sense for a number of reasons. And many people I know who are not kids are now locking down their accounts — some even after years spent living in public.
Definitely. True digital natives see the dangers of digital, and they know how to navigate around the pitfalls faster and better than us older folks.
For all their lives they’ve been told by adults to be careful what they post online — and they listened! Meanwhile, the adults seem to have the bigger issues with what they share online.
I wrote my master’s thesis on Snapchat, and what I heard again and again was that college students use this ephemeral-sharing platform as a more private safe haven for their real friends.
The younger generation gets called out for “oversharing,” but they’re smarter about how they share. In fact, they feel the same about how older generations overshare on Facebook. Here’s a tweet I saw from a current college student that summed up this sentiment:
I wrote more in this piece about NOT making things go viral online: