While reviewing the Sunday New York Times yesterday a front page bottom of the fold article caught my eye… The Tell-All Generation Learns to Keep Things Offline.
As a cusper-generational person leaning toward the bottom of the Baby Boomers I had to read on. Turns out an about to be released Pew study of 2,253 adults late last year finds people ages 18 to 29 were more apt to monitor privacy settings than older adults. They also more often delete comments or remove names from photos.
Perhaps I’m younger than I thought! I figured out quickly how to do it when I signed up for Facebook and other social networks. Glad I did. Soon after I started on Facebook, a high school photo was posted, I was tagged. I wasn’t doing anything odd in the photo (promise!)–just an innocent person sitting in the football stands. The people behind me were, well, acting very high school and a statement was made in the photo caption that wasn’t appropriate. Quickly a current friend made a comment, too (we all of those friends!), and I pulled it all!I also mentioned something to the current friend who was very understanding. He confessed he wasn’t thinking when he typed in the words on the keyboard.
If you haven’t checked out privacy settings in Facebook, do. They are very user friendly. You can only allow friends to see photos, only allow friends to access your profile and so on. Facebook also allows you to manage the access settings when you post photos. If you forget do it after. I only wish there could be one more evolution to segment friends by business, personal and so on. Perhaps a feature soon.
Another observation I’ve discussed with friends and colleagues… social networks are similar to being in a crowded room. If you would say whatever you post in a room full of people–go for it! If you wouldn’t… then stop tapping on the keyboard! We were recently on vacation with a large group of friends. One friend was snapping photos and posting them from the beach. I joked with him (but was serious) asking him to not take my photo. I said, “I really don’t want people knowing we’re not at home. We’ll get robbed.” Everyone stopped and said… “HA. She’s right!”
Turns out it doesn’t matter the generation… it’s just smart to keep somethings offline.