As I write this, I am thinking of my twenty-one-year-old daughter and how her online life is so very different to mine. My online world is full of Twitter, and Facebook and a dash of Instagram, as well as copious online articles and news stories about my profession, and topics that are close to my heart like literacy, photography, trivia quizzes and so on.
Rachael’s online life is far removed from that. Sure, she still uses Facebook, but she is more likely to communicate via Messenger or Snapchat. I have just over 300 friends, most of whom I know in some way and have met IRL (in real life). Rachael has over 1200, most of whom she has NEVER met and many who are from interstate or another country.