“. I had to help other people wherever I found myself to help others towards their self-actualization which in turn was helping me towards mine.”
Nothin to feel bad about. My rule is 11/12+ online you get treated more or less the same in debates and things. But I’m weird. I’d give at least a 1/2 vote for 11-14 and 3/4 or full vote for 15-17. [at least as a stepping stone]. But as it is, Koen can’t even legally get his own full checking account, which is really fucked up. But eh, I’m about to get on a rant here about #firstworldproblems so I’ll shush.
Usually when I see cringey poltcal meme culture, I picture kittens tangled up in balls of yarn. They’re the kittens, the memes are the yarn.
Dude, they’re everywhere online. Not so much on Facebook, but just about everywhere else. You don’t always know ’cause people have their made up names and profile pics, but if they got their verbal (written) fists up and are fighting? I’m not gonna be like, “Oh, probably a stupid kid who doesn’t realize how racist and sexist that is” and let it go.
Just today on iFunny, someone made a smartass comment about feminism and Doctor Who. Well, that’s my show and I’m looking forward to the change. But he’s spouting off stupid opinions he probably heard from a youtuber somewhere. I debated back, mocked a little, did all the normal debate things. The guy could’ve been 12 or 24 or 70. No way to know and it didn’t matter. They’re willing to spout political opinions? I’ll treat ‘em all the same.
[I mean if they’re like, “dude, I’m 12″, I’d consider their “waving the white flag”, just as if they said, “Maybe you’re right”. or “We’ll agree to disagree” or something like that.]
Not GenZ. They’ve taken over the interwebs. 4chan, reddit, tumblr, pretty much anywhere you don’t have to state your identity is where they’re at. They were all over Vine, all over iFunny + Instagram, of course all over Youtube.
There’s no way to tell. I wrote well as 12 and my writing could pass for adult, just as many adults write so poorly you’d think they were 12 but they’re not.
My super-hero cape is to combat stupidity and lack of critical thinking wherever I go.
But that’s the thing: in those places, you don’t know people’s ages or where they’re from. Usually you never know.
I mean you get some clues: If I see a spongebob avatar, they could be anywhere from 8-30 years old. so that narrows it down.
If I see anime avatar, it could be anywhere from 11-50. [people’s anime addictions start around then].
if I see a 2017 meme as their avatar, I figure they’re between 11-23.
Stuff like that. I’m all over the interwebz so I try to do a ‘quick sort’ to figure out *something* based on limited information.
I love the show too. I’m talking about “how someone chooses to present themselves online”.
Like for example: if I see xx_somethingorother_xx, they’re middle-school age ish. If I see Trump avatars with glowing eyes, they’re probably between 15-34. I mean these are rough guesses I use. I don’t think too hard about it.
Some basic developmental psychology will fix that idea. It’s true that younger people tend to try new ideas on for size and they use how other people react to gauge whether they want to adopt those ideas for themselves.
But is it parroting? Not really. It’s more testing society scientifically.
I don’t get too deep. I don’t do PMs. I don’t invest in people’s schemes. I don’t get into one-on-one private stuff because that’s a time suck.
But in more-or-less public places like these? I put all of me out there in a way where I’m doing the best I can to be what’s needed at that time in that situation.
Then I move on to something else and do it again.