The Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart?

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Stormfront members are not whom I would have guessed. They tend to be young, at least according to self-reported birth dates. The most common age at which people join the site is nineteen. And four times more nineteen-year-olds sign up than forty-year-olds. Internet and social network users lean young, but not nearly that young. Profiles do not have a field for gender. But I looked at all the posts and complete profiles of a random sample of American users, and it turns out that you can work out the gender of most of the membership: I estimate that about 30 percent of Stormfront members are female. The states with the most members per capita are Montana, Alaska, and Idaho. These states tend to be overwhelmingly white. Does this mean that growing up with little diversity fosters hate? More at Wired.

I often visit The Daily Mail to read the comments from readers, and they fail to disappoint me in how narrow minded and cruel they can be.

One thought on “The Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart?

  1. Sad. We have this perception that young people are more liberal or left leaning. And more open to equality and diversity. But where do you think all the older people who aren’t that way come from? They didn’t suddenly get converted. Maybe what they thought or felt didn’t always show when they were young, but it was there.

    Why? Many reasons. Parents’ influence would be a big one. Regardless of how rebellious teens are, parents’ influence in the early years rarely goes away. Environment growing up, other than parents. Genetics? I have no idea how beliefs affect heredity or are affected by heredity. That would be a fascinating study except that it would probably be considered totally politically incorrect.

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