Really interesting convo. I was talking with a friend the other day about how things like this seem to vary by generation as well. Folks born in the early-mid 80s (like myself) grew up with parents warning us "never give your real name/location to anyone online!" in the 90s and stressing an ideal of privacy (in the interest of avoiding violence and scammers) that we feel to this day.
Many (although not all) of are more willing to sacrifice connections for safety. Neither myself or my friend have ever had a Facebook account, and we were reluctant to pick up necessities like PayPal until it became financially necessary.
We feel forced to divulge what information we do, otherwise risk isolation and joblessness. It's a constant frustration that both younger and even many older people don't see the same dangers inherent in the system. Older, because they often don't *realize* their information is being aggregated, and younger, because they don't *care.*
Maybe it's just my particular group of "Gen Oregon Trail," but somehow I doubt that.
@Lunatic_Moth I've seen an article recently that suggested rather than not caring they take measures that seem paradoxical: since their privacy will be violated by their friends or enemies they take it on themselves to put everything out there so it'll be under their control and soften the blow.
Alternatively they do care but feel like there is no choice, so they just give up.
@polychrome That makes sense, too, actually, and I catch myself doing a little bit of that on what social media I do interact with, "getting ahead" of the wave so you can just ride it when it inevitably crashes down, I guess. "Here's who I am, what I think, how I feel, idk fight me." I still don't do it with physically identifying information, but I definitely understand the idea that just putting yourself out there is more affirming than having yourself exposed by someone else.
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