Identity: lowest common denominator

Young people experience ‘giving data away’ as establishing authenticity online. That is how one exists online, by opening one self up. Older generations do not experience this as such yet, younger generations do.

In the offline world one can live with different identities in different worlds. In the online world one has to find one’s own lowest common denominator between the varieties in identities one has, to be able to keep as many people happy. In this sense most people loose the multiple nuances of their identity.

The impact of having a life online causes that one knows much more stories, direct and first hand of others people’s vicarious experiences. This gives multiple perspectives, more relationships, more understanding. One becomes aware there is not 1 single truth; more empathy and understanding emerge for personal issues and a deeper understanding of political issues as well.