The internet is connected to everything around us, which also connects those of us who use it. Knowing this, is this widespread connection hindering you from fully expressing yourself to the world? According to the article, “Only 11% of 14- to 18-year-olds share “a lot about themselves online,” down from 18% a year ago, and compared with 17% of 19- to 24-year-olds and 27% of 25- to 34-year-olds, the youth-focused consumer insights group found in a survey of 1,300 people. About 60% of that youngest group said they “don’t like things that last forever online,” compared with 53% or less among 19- to 34-year-olds.” To answer the question, the younger people of today’s
society would certainly say so, as it forces them to be more cautious individuals, more aware of what they share with the world. The reason this limited disclosure has a lot to do with the internet’s endless memory, it never forgets! Because of this, we all continue to be connected; even if we have outgrown certain interest or aspects of our lives. The internet’s lack of forgetfulness, in a sense, keeps us in the past, not letting us move on from the absent minded behavior once exhibited, because it still remembers, and because the internet connects us all, the people who saw it, won’t let you forget about it either.
As for me, I too have become more mindful as to what I share with the world. Now that I’m older, I realize that a lot of things should be kept private, and everything is not for everyone. I am also more mindful because I know that professional companies are allowed to look at internet accounts, and what is posted can play a part in whether or not a person gets the job. The internet is not as much as a social toy for me anymore, compared with my younger years. Yes, I still have a Facebook and Instagram, but as the world becomes more and more internet based, I use the internet as more of a professional tool, as most of my assignments and obligations are online.
— Amanda Redilla (@amandaredilla) April 24, 2014