When I was younger I used to love going through my mom’s things. I remember pouring over letters, papers, notes that she had kept from her grade school days- I loved seeing the present from her first boyfriend, the pictures of her high school sweetheart and thinking how glamorous she looked in her dance team shots. (That takes skill- her high school team wore sequin leotards and headdresses, politcal correctness be damned. Not many people can look as gorgeous as she did sporting lycra and feathers, trust me.)
It was fun, especially because growing up, Mom and I had our differences. Getting the chance to look back and connect with a younger, relatable Mom was something I treasured.
Enter the internet.
My life, my exes, and my oh so unfortunate chubby phase (See Below) are all OUT there. Unless aliens come down, throw Mark Zuckerberg off a bridge and crash Facebook, never to be seen again, I don’t see any avoiding that.
For our kids, Social Media won’t be something their parents were introduced to for business, or use to keep up with their family. And for the 40-something version of ourselves, Social Media won’t be a part of our lives, but a constant documentation of our lives.
The Millenials are the first generation who will raise children that can Google their parent’s age-parallel web content and I can’t help but wonder how that will change the parenting process.
What is “our” response when our child reads our poor grammar as we go off on “bitches”?
What about a phase of self exploration, a tendency towards one night stands or the broadcasting of ”Single Girl Problems”? (See Below. This video is EPIC.)
It’s funny, because it’s true.
Right now, what are people finding every time someone Google searches you?
Is that how you WANT your past remembered?