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What We Share Is What We Save?

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on September 27, 2018 15:59

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Social media has made it easier than ever to chronicle our lives. But what will our kids see when they take a look at our social media pages even in just a short decade?

If you’ve been watching the news at all, you surely are aware of the Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearings, the accusations and the entire news cycles insanity with it on both sides. I’m not a political commentator, please don’t look for any added hysteria here. But I did find something in the entire situation intriguing.

Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar from the summer in question, some 35 years ago has appeared. Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t find my calendar from prior to owning a cell phone that did it for me. What I find intriguing is the snapshot into someone’s life 35 years ago.

As nutty of a fact as it might seem to some to have a high school calendar, Kavanaugh says it serves as a calendar and a diary. Old school. Think about what we capture, share and thus save in today’s digital world. It made me think about my son his digital footprint. He really doesn’t have one.

He’s a shy guy who doesn’t even like the poster-like photos of him doing amazing things like sunset flights in a WWII airplane or rock climbing along a Hawaiian sea cliff. In fact, I don’t even share many pictures of him because I don’t get many really out of respect for the fact that he really hates them. I usually have to barter for one but the way I look at it is he is a great kid and if that is my biggest problem with him, eh okay.

But will he regret not having this cascade of memories when he has kids? Will he be saddened to not have an account of his summers? If you think about why Kavanaugh might have kept his calendar you have to think it was because it created some tangible meaning with memories from his childhood.

My friends and I laugh because we don’t remember the same things and can’t believe that our closest friends couldn’t remember some of the most life-altering moments of our lives. You can probably guess I don’t have a calendar saved from high school.

At the same time, I think there is something to be said for kids like my son who shy away from everything social media. After all, how many kids are learning the hard way that one picture posted in jest or in private can go viral and never, ever to be completely erased from digital arenas.

It's one thing to chronicle your favorite beach days, hikes, meals and amazing selfies with friends. It’s an entirely different thing to have to unwind poor choices documented in the "forever" digital world.

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on September 27, 2018 15:59

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