Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people - MIT Technology Review

As past identities become stickier for those entering adulthood, it’s not just individuals who will suffer. Society will too.

The risk is that this will produce generations of increasingly cautious individuals—people too worried about what others might find or think to ever engage in productive risks or innovative thinking.

The second potential danger is more troubling: in a world where the past haunts the present, young people may calcify their identities, perspectives, and political positions at an increasingly young age.