Generation of User Generation


One new social norm that seems firmly established is that, the way you conduct yourself on social networks transfers into your everyday life whether you intend it to or not. People will gain opinions of you after a post that made them uncomfortable in one way or another. Pictures that are posted will be interpreted by the viewer and their interpretation is then free to be shared and seen by millions. This fact along with the fact that anything posted remains on the internet indefinitely is widely accepted and considered today. This makes social interactions more thought out and generated by the idea we don’t want to share anything controversial. In the Huffington Post article “A Culture of Likes” by Sam Fiorella he states best, “We should not be afraid to debate our beliefs. Provided that public dissention is not offered through hate-speech or personal attacks on others, but exchanged in a professional discourse, we should be celebrating those who ask questions…” As a writer I believe that idea generation is the most crucial part of developing creativity and critical thinking.

In an article found on the Psychology Today website called “The Effect of Technology on Relationships” by Alex Lickerman M.D. he talks about many ways certain types of communication are lost over the internet. He uses the term “emotional invisibility” to describe how people can not effectively display their emotions online or through text. He states that communication through the web cannot provide us with the fulfilling communication we need (Lickerman). If people are relying completely on digital methods of communicating then the relationships are incomplete or even non-existent.

I think back to being in highschool, and remember things like AOL instant messenger, and dial up tones and know those things will never be resurrected from the cyber graves again. Do I miss dial up? Absolutely not. From Myspace to Facebook, and picture messages to snapchats, did these changes happen because the were really easier or more attractive or were we coerced by popular culture? In an article by Jonathan Franzen titled “What’s Wrong With the Modern World” he states “The experience of each succeeding generation is so different from that of the previous…” Meaning the social norms accepted by my parents are different than the ones within my generation. Our cultures are completely different, in the same way my view on social norms will differ from my six year old niece’s when she is my age. I can’t say for sure what the effects of social media will continue to have on relationships, maybe redefine them completely, but that’s for another generation to discover.



Fiorella, S. (2013, April 29). The social media borg: a culture of likes. Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Franzen, J. (2013, September 13). What’s wrong with the modern world. The Guardian. Retrieved from       

Lickerman, A. (2010 June 8). The effect of technology on relationships. Psychology Today. Retrieved from


2 responses »

  1. I really like your point about how whatever we post leaves room for judgement and assumption. I personally understand that since I have so many friends, I should really watch what I post and make sure nothing is inappropriate or vulnerable to be attacked by an overly enthusiastic “friend.” Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that what they post is seen by hundreds of people, and they often make themselves seem terribly rude, mean, uneducated or unhappy, when in reality, they may be great people. though sometimes it’s as simple as: they just don’t care. This touches upon freedom of speech, yes, but I personally think that regardless of legally being able to express whatever you feel, maintaining a level of respectability is something we all need to consider. I cannot tell anyone what or what not to post, which is another thing people should consider more often. I think the only solution is to unfollow or unfriend people who post things you don’t care to see. It’s as simple as that. Opinions and personal beliefs are important to have and we should all value the fact that we differ so greatly from others. Someday (hopefully), Facebook and other social media sites will become less hateful places, and get to a point where differences are better celebrated.

  2. I agree you have seen a lot of change from back when people just thought nothing of social networks, applications and websites or what was said on them . Like you said now a days people are very quickly to judge what is said and how people react on social websites today such as Facebook, instagram, twitter and snap chat.

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