Have you ever been embarrassed when your mom or dad has shared too much information in public for you to be comfortable with? Well, the children of Millennial parents may never exit their homes; hiding in shame forevermore due to their parents love of sharing information on social media sites.
A few interesting contradictions have just recently been released by Millennial expert, Brad Karsh, in regards to Pew’s new research on Millennials’ feelings and social media habits:
· 19% of Millennials feel that others can be trusted
· 91% of them feel that they overshare information online
· 55% have shared a “selfie”
Karsh offers an explanation on why Millennials are so willing to put it all out online, even though they feel most people are not trustworthy.
· Internet researchers. The history of a person is not readily traceable in real life as online.
· “Written” affirmation. Respect the thoughts of those who have similar virtual styles, which is why they have so many “friends” on social media that they’ve never met.
· This is me. Put out their “desired” image before others have time to create their own opinions.
While this may seem like the right thing to do currently, it is possible that Millennial parents may be hurting their families in the long run by exposing just too darn much? Are they overlooking the fact that what goes on the Web, stays on the Web?
Brad Karsh would be more apt to realize the error of their ways more than almost anyone. For Brad Karsh is President, Keynote Speaker, and Generational Guru at JB Training Solutions. He is an accomplished public speaker and author. Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, and many others. Brad is also the author of three business books including Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management (Amacom, 2013).
Prior to creating JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years at Leo Burnett in Chicago. He began his career in Account Management, working with clients including McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, and Pillsbury. He then moved into the human resources department and was tasked with the responsibility of hiring and training hundreds of employees. Brad conducts training at major companies including Abbott Laboratories, Ernst & Young, Walgreens, Discover, Groupon, The Chicago Blackhawks, and The Big Ten Network, among many others. As a speaker at the 2012 National Society for Human Resource Management Conference, Brad was rated 3rd on SHRM's list of more than 150 speakers.
Perhaps Millennial parents have some big thinking to do. If they stop sharing now, maybe, just maybe their children will have a shot at not being picked on clear into adulthood. Parents of any age must think and rethink their actions for they may just come back to haunt the entire family if shared publicly someday!