The future President of the United States is on Facebook. It's almost a given fact. But with the potential for disaster in their chosen political career, will a shift in forgiving attitudes be inevitable?
Think of the bog standard, average person of my age today. I am about to hit the grand age of 22, I have a Facebook account I've had now for five years, a Twitter account I was initially reluctant about, more paid online services subscribed to than I have utility bills for my house, and am still in full time university education.
I have put so much personally identifiable and unique information about myself online, directly and indirectly, to the point where in a few years time - and granted, this blog hasn't exactly helped things per se, I could seriously struggle to get a job in the area I want my career to go.
The damage has already been done for the very vast majority of the students worldwide who will hope one day elevate to high positions of office and industry.
The fact of the matter is, is that regardless of what you may think of the iGeneration or the Generation Y, the simple truth that the people from my generation will one day take positions of high office. It is impossible to avoid and is an absolute inevitability.
Of course personal privacy will hold some weight, yet similarly there is no major difference to world leaders today having personal photos from the past being published in the press. President Sarkozy of France for example, to celebrate twenty years of the wall falling released a photograph of his efforts to bringing down the wall as a younger man. However ammunition like this was used against him by widespread discreditation with reasons to believe he arrived a week later.
There are two simple considerations to take into account. Firstly, consider the potential you have on the world that you will soon become a part of, and the breadth of power you could one day wield. And secondly, to perhaps recognise that we are all in fact human and that - maybe we as a generation should become more forgiving of our not-yet-committed but soon to be past indiscretions.