They have a right to their generation’s childhood experiences as they’re shaping it for themselves in the world we gave them.

It’s common now. I wouldn’t be fooled by her small size: she’s using that as a prop for maximum edginess / cringiness (she’s undoubtedly aware that she’s both, depending who is watching her).

I never saw her before but i know the style of humor.

You don’t see it much among the 8 yr olds online (they’re pretty serious) but by 9, you start to see it a little. By 10, the girls are WAY advanced in their edginess, the boys are just getting there.

By 11/12, they’re more educated about politics than most adults are and their humor would make most adults throw up/cringe.

Don’t you remember having a “Truly Tasteless Jokes” book when you were 10-13 yrs old? Same idea.


Oh I like the humor. I think it’s hysterical. She knows what she’s doing and she’s getting views.

I’m sure she’s monetized with the help of an uncle/aunt or friends-with-paypal and getting a little $.

Even if she’s not, she’s building up a core audience that will follow her around. It’s normal online.


Part 1 of GenZ’s been online since they were 6 or so, watching Youtube, playing multiplayer games like Minecraft, Club Penguin, Animal Jam, etc. Their favorite youtubers are often older teenagers / adults who like being edgy, like having a potty mouthed uncle or older sibling around at home.

By the time they’re 9/10 yrs old, they’ve absorbed it. Doesn’t turn them into bad people. I think XBox culture does, but most of online culture doesn’t.


Here – watch the first minute – this will get you up to speed. I think most parents would pull their kids’ computers out of the walls and smash their tablets if they had *any idea* that this is what they were enjoying and doing but what it really is “secret kid culture” is now open for the world to see and a whole generation of international kids are growing up together online.


I was a beta tester for Google Circles back in 2011 before it became Google Plus.

After it was opened to the public I was still testing Google Hangouts (they were public then, 9 ppl per video chat room) and this 2nd grade kid gets on.

The other 7 people started harassing him and I defended him as best I could, got him to stay and stop crying and got the other adults in the hangout to respect him and his place there.

After that, I got him and my nephew together to do a hangout and they talked for a bit, played Roblox together, although my nephew was only 5.5 and not that good at the computer yet.

From that point, I knew the world was changing in a big way for their generation so I started paying attention.

So, six years now I’ve been keeping my eyes open. They’re a good generation overall, although I’ve seen negative effects from XBox culture on them but most have adjusted to the “kill yourself” / “drink bleach” humor after they get their first few hits with it.


*My* generation (GenX) was fucked up. The selfish generation. The nihilistic generation. The anarchistic generation. I’m of the “video game / early online” GenX, so GenZ looks just like me as a nerdy kid in the 80s, and I never felt a part of my Generation.

GenY got screwed over by overprotective parenting, soccer moms, colleges they couldn’t pay for – yet as adults they usually have great relationships with their parents, so there’s a tradeoff.

With GenZ it depends. If they’re online, they have a lot of social support for their mental health issues. The mental health issues were _always_ there, but we used to have to bury them. Now kids can talk to each other online. There’s ‘cutter support groups’ whereas in the 80s, cutters would just suffer alone in their rooms.

We’re more aware of these things now but it was always there.


GenY probably had excessive childhood. They’re, what, 18-38 now? Something like that?

GenZ are generally rule-followers in real life but cut loose online. There’s almost a standard pattern:
a) kid-friendly social networking games / MMO.
b) want more stuff in those kid-friendly games.
c) learn to hack them.
d) Watching youtube all the while instead of TV for instruction on hacking and humor
e) get edgier humor, make all kinds of online friends / enemies
f) go through puberty angst, finding Green Day along the way somehow
f) start programming because hacking/scripting wasn’t enough.

and who knows what’s next ’cause they’re still in school, although some late GenY are really GenZ.


It’s too bad I never finished college, ’cause I’d have a killer sociology PhD dissertation on my hands with the crap I’ve learned. But really, I don’t _want_ to expose what I know too much ’cause then the “normies” will know and spoil it for them. They have a right to their generation’s childhood experiences as they’re shaping it for themselves in the world we gave them.


I can have a meme conversation too, although it’s not satisfying. Whole conversation with picture. I’ve had emoji conversations which are a little more interesting because one has to interpret the meanings intended and learn to express yourself in emoji form.

But generally, yeah, I prefer lots of words and don’t mind scrolling.


Thank you and yes it was. I think, though, it depends. A lot of real life things are being replicated online.

For example, a common form of GenZ communication is, “can you relate to this?”. They share a picture that has layers of metaphorical meaning (that you’d only know if you played certain games, watched Spongebob since you were 5), and then they’ll post other memes in response that are also equally full of metaphorical meaning.

“Can you relate?” seems to be the hallmark of a lot of GenZ’s online communication, along with gross-out humor of course.

They’re also doing what young people of EVERY generation does: Establish their own identity and ‘hide from the adults’, talking their own language in front of them. Since millions of people of similar age understands either the meme or emoji way of communicating, it works for them.

What’s been interesting to me is I can *kinda* tell somebody’s age and a lot about them by the types of memes they use.


I like the variety myself but I’m an internet sociologist/anthropologist at heart, so I love the interplay of subcultures.


[ I’d joined the Russian Orthodox church in my 20s to “discover my roots”, but heck, that was a fun journey in itself. Stayed on a monastery for a bit, learned some super deep Christian theology and a little Russian]…. I’m not part of it now but it was an interesting time.


Awesome :) The reason I had it handy is just a few days ago I used it for a “creative piece” I did on Youtube. I sometimes like slowing down music or sounds and seeing what hidden patterns are inside.


It’s amazing how deeply rooted that stuff gets in us. The feeling you describe is sort of like nowadays when a computer screen gets “ghosty white” and you KNOW you’ve just run out of memory and your program is about to crash.

I only learned about the Spectrum loading screen a week ago after sharing a nice “modem sound” video I found. Someone said that it reminded them of the ZX Spectrum loading screen and it got me curious.


I think some ppl haven’t been a kid for so long, they forgot what it was like…. or they don’t have kids around them to remind them.



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