This week’s readings discussed digital identity and the six key selves related to one’s online presence. I was really intrigued by the first article i read, “13, Right Now: This is What it’s Like to Grow Up in the Age of Likes, LOLs, and Longing”, and found the comparisons between teenage and adulthood cell phone/internet usage to be staggering. Growing up in the 90’s, I became familiar with the internet in my middle and high school years, not getting a cell phone till I was 15 years old. Subsequently, I did not get a “smart phone” until I was 20 years old. Without even realizing it, I have become vastly more dependent on my smart phone to give me all the news, entertainment, and facebook/instagram/snapchat stories I could ever need. When I look at younger generations who’s interactions with cell phones and the internet have been since birth, I can’t help but feel a growing anxiety that even my own technical experience may not be enough one day. These kids are so proficient with the internet that they can use it almost effortlessly, enabling them to see digital identity differently. This oneness with the digital age is certainly worry-some when you think about what it is doing to kid’s self esteem and time management, but it isn’t all bad. The amount of information available to younger generations is more than ever before, which makes me think that today’s kids are smarter than ever before (without even realizing it). For fields like history, this extra knowledge and digital literacy can more easily combine to produce quicker, more efficient digital research, understanding, and access whereas older generations might feel more isolated in a digital environment. The six selves article, Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics is interesting to note that our individual interactions within the digital world are recorded, permanently on display for everyone to see. This performative action combines with the polysocial environment to create a unique sharing experience. It is important to remember that everything you do on the web is visible and can last a lifetime, therefore it is crucial for parents and educators to remind younger generations to be aware of their digital identities. I think that once Generation Z moves into the workplace, they will not only have a technological advantage, but a wider scope of understanding and efficiency within the digital workplace.

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