The rise of the privacy-free generation

A recent debate amongst Quartz staff suggested that the 20-somethings have a completely different approach to privacy to the older generation. Is this a cultural shift?

Fascinating piece in Quartz, demonstrating the difference in attitudes on privacy between those in their 20s and those older than that:

We often use these chats to discuss how to cover news. This time, however, the result was a rather revealing clash of generational cultures about money, privacy, and over-sharing. We decided to publish a lightly-edited transcript (we removed the less-relevant comments and re-ordered a handful of them for the sake of clarity).

The whole transcript is worth a read, but if you want a tl;dr, it would be “the idea of not sharing personal information baffles those in their 20s, and the idea of sharing it horrifies those who are older”.

To borrow from our conference theme from last year, for the older Quartz journalists “here be dragons”, while for the younger there are just no dragons here at all.

The idea of “digital natives” has largely been debunked, but there’s a fascinating suggestion here that there’s a fundamental shift going on in cultural approaches to privacy across the generations. Pando Daily has dubbed it the Venmo line, for the app that triggered the discussion.

What world will that create?


Image by Jean-François Gornet and used under a Creative Commons licence