The Y2K virus made headlines in 1999, when it set off a wave of panic over potentially catastrophic computer system failures. Those fears proved to be largely unfounded, but a new worry has cropped up recently. Many young people today were not online in 1999 when the virus first appeared, and experts fear that this younger generation of ‘millenials’ may be susceptible to the virus.
One expert cautions, “It’s a perfect storm. These so-called millenials weren’t exposed to Y2K the first time around and haven’t developed the necessary antibodies to combat the virus. Their near-total dependence on technology makes them especially vulnerable.”
Yet another compounding factor is the ’90s nostalgia that’s become fashionable among the younger twenty-somethings who were just kids when Y2K was something their parents were worried about. “First you had the ’90s hip-hop revival, where you couldn’t go out on a Saturday night in some neighborhoods without hearing Bel Biv Devoe,” explained one fashion blogger. “Next thing you know, everyone’s buttoning the top collar of their button-down shirts. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s a dangerous side to the late ’90s, and if Backstreet is really back, these kids need to know the risks.”