There is somewhat of a stereotype on SoH that the young users don't know what they're talking about when it comes to politics.
People believe that stereotype, you see it all the time. My favorite thing ever is when someone leans on their age as being somehow indicative of their intelligence. Like most stereotypes, it doesn't really carry water.
Even young people agree
I personally don't
Being 17 i do my best not to fall in line with that if i don't know what I'm talking about i just shut my mouth lol but for tge most part i do fine
I don't see that stereotype on here too often. I'm a young adult and that's what I enjoy about this app- the ability to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Every now an then I've come across a comment that shows someone's inexperience with time. I just shake my head and move on knowing it's something they will figure out when they grow up.
It happens to me all the time too. I hate when a 15 year old try to lecture me with theories about something they have never experienced (like being a parent).
If I had learned something growing up is to listen to older people. Experience matters.
Idk, I'm 82 and have my doubts. 😎
Is the question asking whether we agree with the stereotype or if we agree that the stereotype exists?
Whether or not it exists, I believe.
I think there is more of a problem with younger users being completely and almost fanatically married to their current political ideology and they refuse to believe that ideology will change over their lifetime like it did for all of us.
I try not to judge.
But even I shake my head a bit when a 15yo is telling me about cost when they have no car, no house, no kids.
And that fine, I dont expect them to know, but it can be aggravating when they insist they know better sometimes.
Im sure I was a huge pain in the ass at 15
Exactly this. I don't disparage young people for having their opinions and caring. I run into trouble when zeal and inexperience run hand in hand. Don't pretend you know how your philosophy meets reality when you're still having mom do your laundry.
If anything, I think the 'younger crowd' has more of a handle on the political happenings going on. I love reading and discussing politics with my son and the younger SOH'ers and get their perspectives of the world.
With age comes wisdom and experience. Many young users are better versed on a variety of subjects than I am.
I feel if you earn the respect of others, we don't know how old you are. However, if you show your age, then you earn the stereotype.
I've noticed that too. I think it's ridiculous. We should encourage them to keep up with politics.
Anyone who thinks that needs to follow USA1st. He was appointed a precinct committeeman before he was eligible to vote. Now Dr. Kelly Ward had asked him to join her staff as a regional director in her campaign to beat John McCain in the Republican
Primary....and he's my son.
That's so great, Tep! His future is unlimited.
I'm incredibly proud of him. He's 18 years old, a senior in High School, saving for college, and already owns 2 cars! And that's NOT because I'm wealthy. I'm not. I just broke the $80,000 mark, but I still have 4 of my 6 kids at home. He's doing it!
I only knew of three. I'll bet the younger three turn out amazing, too!
Actually, he's the youngest.
Gotta be an amazing family! You are blessed!
I don't feel like there's a stereotype, I've been treated pretty well.
Unfortunately, that stereotype is based on a number of outspoken ultraliberal young users over the space of several years. By continuing to make thoughtful, well-reasoned comments, you can help diminish the stereotype. 😃
So only liberal young users have been in the wrong? Young conservatives have always been on point?
I don't follow every single user. Just commenting from experience.
I don't think that's a stereotype around here at all.
I'm a young user and I don't feel like my thoughts on politics are neglected because of my age.
This would have been true for me a year ago. I didn't know the difference between liberal and conservative. But since joining SOH, I've learned so much from and about both of these groups, and I'd like to say I'm at least semi-knowledgable now.
I am a young user, and if you think that I'm not qualified to talk politics, then you've never been more wrong because no matter what my age is, I'm the future of this planet. And guess what that means you have to do? Deal with it. 😎
Or hit me with a car.
The angry attitude doesn't exactly enhance your image as a reasonable person. Try a bit of civility and humility, which will convince others of your maturity. This advice is friendly and positive, and comes from a retired high school teacher. Respect
is something you give and earn, not demand. 😃
I'm not saying it angrily, sorry if I came across that way. I was just saying that just because I'm young doesn't mean I can't have a voice in politics.
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Jsd - I fully agree. As an English and Speech/Communications teacher, there's a good lesson here. Reread your comments before posting them, because tone, even unintended, can interfere with being correctly understood. Following you. 😃
Thanks tlaney, and don't twist my words Nemacyst :)
I personally don't know what I'm talking about with most things involving politics, which is why I only say something when I do know what I'm talking about.
You sound like you know what you're talking about! 😃❤️
😁 Well I try not to make myself look TOO stupid
Knowledge is power. The problem is getting through the brainwashing from our Government Education Centers.
I strongly disagree.