Millennial Mind

What a decade on social media taught me about boundaries

The explosive growth of platforms like Twitter and Facebook has forced a rethinking of what's private and what can be shared with strangers, while being aware of the potential pitfalls

From being a niche platform for a small, closed group of people, social media networks have become places for the masses to connect not only with family and friends, but with organisations and even advertisers.
From being a niche platform for a small, closed group of people, social media networks have become places for the masses to connect not only with family and friends, but with organisations and even advertisers.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

As a millennial born in the early 1990s, I belong to the last of the "in-between generations" that straddle the before and after years of rapid technological change.

We are old enough to remember a world of pagers, fax machines and dial-up Internet, unlike Generation Z, who were born into the Internet age from the late 1990s.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2020, with the headline 'What a decade on social media taught me about boundaries'. Subscribe