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Here’s what happens when you spend a lot of time online: You realize that the internet is kind of terrifying. It’s the place where your private sexts become public, people try to scam you out of money, and trolls threaten to hunt you down over an off- color tweet. Apparently, no one knows this better than Millennials, who are more likely than any other generation to say that the “internet is scary.”
A researcher from Rasmussen, which conducted the survey of 2,009 adults, found about 37 percent of Millennials find the Internet scary, compared to 23 percent of 35 to 54 year olds and 23 percent of adults 55 and older.
It may be that Millennials are more wary of the internet because they spend more time on it. Since they likely use the internet more, there’s more opportunity for vulnerability. A third possibility: maybe middle-aged people just don’t chase the same kinds of potentially risky online behaviors that the youngs do.
If you primarily use the internet to find Martha Stewart’s pot roast recipes and wish your cousin’s niece’s brother happy birthday on Facebook, you probably don’t have much to fear. The old cliché applies: Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
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