Have you ever noticed that millennials get made fun of a LOT on the internet?? Apparently, everything we do is the worst! Between our selfie obsession and the ridiculous claim that millennials could afford to buy houses if we weren’t spending on avocado toast, we’re really screwing up, apparently!! (Jk, we’re amazing )
Okay, let’s get this out of the way: criticizing the current generation isn’t new. It’s something that above generations have always done. You know, it’s the joke of Grandpa saying, “When I was your age, we had to walk to school in snow and sleet!” So I don’t think millennials are unique in this aspect. And of course, all generations have their cons and pros. But because technology has afforded us so many new avenues of expression, we’re the most connected and visible we’ve ever been.
Which brings up a question that I’ve seen discussed: Do millennials share too much?
The internet only became publicly available in 1991, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t THAT long ago. The ability to find your tribe, to create a community online, is something that older generations weren’t able to experience, at least not during their youth.
We have so many platforms. We have blogs and Instagram and YouTube and Facebook and *insert so many others*. It’s amazing! It’s amazing that we get to have voices and be in control of creating what we WANT to create.
But have we lost the art of privacy?
Sometimes I struggle with finding the right balance. When I announced my engagement to Sam, many of you had no idea I was even romantically involved with anyone! And it’s not that I was “hiding” it, but I did choose to keep some of my personal life more private.
I feel SO connected to all of you. YOU are why I do this. And sharing my life with you is a joy. But I also have to keep things for myself. I have to choose what I’m willing to share and what I need to keep sacred. It’s a tricky line. But I think it’s an individual choice.
Do millennials share too much? Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. Who am I to make that call? What works for you, works for YOU. As long as you’re happy and safe, that’s all that matters.
As much as millennials are teased for being self-involved, there are beautiful benefits to “over-sharing”. So many people feel less alone when someone they follow decides to speak out about an issue that affected them. When you are able to look at a public figure (or even just someone online) and see what you’re going through isn’t just a solitary experience, it’s validating and SO healing!
One of the first things we’re taught as kids is how to share. I am proud of millennials for this ability. While I can’t promise I’ll always share everything, I am SO proud to share my life with all of you.
I am proud of this community.
What do you think? Are millennials too comfortable sharing on the internet? How does one find a good balance between privacy and openness? Comment below!