Social Media Presence
Nowadays it seems as everyone has a Twitter account and Facebook page. Self promotion and sharing details of your daily life, family, and relationship status appears to be the norm rather then the exception. People, even my age are surprised that I don't have at least Facebook account or have no interest in following their social media.
I sometimes wonder about all of this self disclosure. Maybe being raised at a time when families stressed keeping family secrets of what happens within the home and family life, stays within those boundaries. While that was respected in my generation when I was a student, my daughters refusal to discuss home and family life with teachers or guidance counselors presented some problems. That was a boundary that I brought my kids up with like I was. It wasn't anything sinister or suspicious, it was just nobody's business what we/I did for a living or anything else for that matter. Some of this was a previous generation's paranoia that was drilled into me. For example, it was constantly drilled into me as a kid not to brag that we just bought a color TV, never put out boxes that indicated we just bought something expensive, and so on. My parents and grandparents grew up in a time that by advertising you had or acquired material goods potentially could set you up for a break in or give an impression of sudden wealth. Many of you probably grew up the same way. It was probably unnecessary in our day unlike our parents, but it was prudent.
My kids are in their early 30's. That's a transitional age where many their age still aren't comfortable flaunting their lives unlike the following generation. One of my daughters is required to maintain a web page for the benefit of her students and has a token Facebook account to conform to faculty expectations, but beyond that, like her sister prefers to keep both their personal lives private. Both have been pressured to have an active social media presence for professional reasons. I had attended a deposition two years ago and was grilled for the fact that I had no web presence as if I had something to hide. There seems to be an expectation now that your life and career is out there for everyone to see and examine. It's a shame this younger generation has been seduced to provide an information goldmine about themselves and families with no telling where this mined information is compiled and how it's going to impact their future.
I'm wondering how some of you folks feel about having a social media footprint.