This past graduation season Mozillas Pocket teamed up with Her Campus for The Future Connection a writing contest for college studentsnbsp to reflect on what its like to come of age in a hyper-online and always-connected world. While this isnt a new concept for them this generation including our essay contest winner Ester Omolenbsp were born into a digital society thenbsp postponement and outright cancelation of in-person graduations and prom-nights because of COVID-19 made the last truly offline rites of passage to adulthood into virtual events.nbsp.

As both a mom and a leader in tech I think about the impact of growing up with technology a lot especially during the last 19 months. What would social distancing as a result of COVID-19 look like without the internet Earlier this year when I helped my mom learn to video-call so that she too could attend the virtual festivities of graduation season I was so thankful for the connection of the internet. But I still wonder have the oddly connective-yet-destructive powers of the internet created a larger void for the younger generations that never lived in a world free of shiny screens.


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