Reading Nussbaum’s article about kids and the internet really had me thinking about different age groups and the advanced technology we now have in our society In my opinion, a huge generation gap exists when it comes to technology, it’s use and purpose. People in older generations do not get the extent to which technology can be used and the full potential it has to make or break a person’s reputation. The younger generations, including mine, seem to not care about what gets posted on the internet. Does privacy even exist anymore with all this advanced technology and the internet. In my opinion — no. I don’t think teens and kids realize that what they post now at the age of 15 will still be available ten years from now. People change over time and now your life and mistakes are being documented by every click of a button. In Nussbaum’s article, she talks about how teens in this generation don’t feel the need to edit themselves or not share every part of their life over the internet. Everything is about a “publicity” stunt or being “famous” as she refers to it. Kids seem to love the attention that the internet provides them. Broadcasting their life over social media or youtube seems to make them feel important or maybe be heard. The negative aspects of the internet such as pedophiles and nude pictures being leaked seems to be overshadowed by the idea that “the public life is fun. It’s creative. It’s where their friends are. It’s theater, but it’s also community: In this linked, logged world, you have a place to think out loud and be listened to, to meet strangers and go deeper with friends” (Nussbaum, pg. 6). I sometimes wonder if younger generations even know the meaning of privacy. How can anyone live a private life when each click you make it being documented onto a virtual log. Anything you put out there onto social media sites can be traced and found through multiple search engines. It’s not hard to find information, pictures, and details surrounding someone’s life, so is this a good thing? In my opinion, no. I think how you represent yourself online isn’t a true reflection of your offline identity since people have the ability to edit themselves more thoroughly online. I also think that younger generations make haste and rash decisions so the error of their ways hasn’t necessarily come back to bite them yet. My only other thought is — will these younger generations even care?

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My thirteen year old cousin is always posting status’ about herself on Facebook that sometimes paint her or a boy she was “dating” in a bad light. I constantly remind her to watch what she posts over social media because five years from now, when she is trying to get a job or apply for colleges, social media can be her down fall. As Nussbaum was talking about, my cousin doesn’t understand the idea of privacy, since it was taught to her generation that everything and anything can be spoken about over the internet. No boundaries were set for her generation and no social media rules apply; it’s literally a free for all. Privacy doesn’t exist because in my cousin’s eyes and many like her: what even is “privacy?”

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