In the third installment of CNBC's social media on campus series, a senior at the University of Washington in Seattle, Haylee Millikan, explains how social media went from totally taboo to totally changing her life and the world of political activism.
I wasn't allowed to have an account on social media until I was 15. Of course, I didn't obey that, but back then, it was a common belief that a young person on social media was "putting themselves at risk" by sharing private information. People were afraid that the open information on the Internet would lead to terrible consequences.
All sorts of crime shows have released episodes about serial killers preying on young people through Twitter, Facebook or Myspace. They would show a montage of selfies and statuses detailing where the person was, what they were doing and who they were with. Every detail of their lives was made public so logically, someone could use that information to find them.