Friday, December 26, 2008

This really is a different world

Than the one I grew up in. I'm 29 years old, old enough to remember pagers and dial up internet. We live in a world where technology is changing things so fast that our morals are having a hard time keeping up. Some have referred to this age as the "Wild, Wild West" of the Web 2.0 era, and stories like what I read a couple days ago reinforce this fact. Here's a snippet of the story:
Surely that's a typo, I thought, when I first saw this story. A misplaced decimal point. A bad guess. Something, anything to restore faith in humanity. Alas, it appears that's not the case and the numbers are true: According to a study of over 1,000 teens and young adults from 13 to 26, one in five said they posted nude pictures or videos of themselves online, or emailed them to someone else.
That's 20% of teens and young adults who have done this. Where did they get the idea this was okay? Then again, do they have anyone telling them it's not okay? It reminds you of the days when everything was settled by who had the fastest draw, because that was what seemed right or made the most sense. I wonder how long it will take us to move out of this era, and will our young people still be alive to tell the tale?


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