We label generations to classify monumental changes, trends, and significant milestones in history. Those born during the birth of the home computer, the rise of video games, Star Wars and Motley Crue can typically be classified as those who lie in Generation X. But wait. What about Generation Y?
Interestingly enough, most Generation Y children (including me) grew up submerged in the realm of social media and online information sharing. I remember how sparkly MySpace layouts, the highly coveted position on one’s top 8 and the brief life inspirations and quotes that drowned Xanga pages easily became an excuse for me to plead “10 more minutes” before going to sleep. According to a study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, “Generation Y Millennials will continue their current habit of sharing large amounts of personal information online as they age.” Of course there are positives of such behavior; creating bonds, friendships, and networks, and even introducing a bit of html coding when changing one’s backgrounds and main font colors. However, this openness has larger negative effects hidden beneath the sparkly surface.