Millennials and Online Privacy: What You Should Know

Millennials have grown up in the age of the internet. We expect information to be readily available on any topic at any time. Sharing photos and personal updates is the norm. In fact if you don’t have an internet presence and you’re under 50 we tend to find that a bit suspicious. Like every other “marker” of our generation, there’s tons of handwringing out there about how this “loosey goosey” attitude spells our collective doom and, of course, the subsequent doom of global society. Okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration but seriously some of the articles really read like sharing stuff on Facebook is opening the door to the Rise of the Machines. (My favorite is this one from Slate by Amy Webb on her neurotic obsession with protecting her baby daughter’s online profile.)

So it’s high time to move away from the stuff distopian predictions and into the world of reality. The truth is that  millennials do have a higher tolerance for disclosing personal information but that doesn’t mean it’s infinite. Moreover, when we choose to protect ourselves online- we’re actually more savvy than other generations. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

How Millennials Feel About Data Targeting and Online Privacy [infographic] 

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Along the same lines:

Survey identifies a “Millennial rift” revealing new views about privacy on social media and a willingness to cooperate online with businesses 

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Via USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and Bovitz Inc

So Millennials are willing to share more information, BUT, as a recent Pew survey found out- Millennials are also far more savvy when it comes to protecting that information.

Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online

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3B5BFEE9262A42A9A42CCAEFAB034044So what do you think? Does the recklessness of millennials actually spell the end for online privacy? Tweet me @iamamillennial

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