I see where your frustration comes from. I think that there’s a bit of misunderstanding here, though. You write: “…it’s unreasonable to place some kind of moral weight on the fact that we’re the first generation to come of age as a group on widespread social media.” And the thing is, that’s true. We are (bear in mind I was born in 1993). We need to understand the sheer power of social media, and I don’t think people who use it in the ways I talked about understand all the ramifications of their actions.
We are still struggling to understand privacy, kindness, and the spread of information as it relates to social media.
And yes, I think kindness is something that’s also important to talk about here. Would you have told me to “pound sand” if we were talking about this over coffee? I doubt it, because that’s not how adults interact offline. Maybe you didn’t think I’d read your response and you were just venting. But that’s part of the issue, too. We need to understand that if we’re going to use social media as an immensely powerful tool, we need to treat it like one.
People can be cruel on the Internet. “Call-out culture,” for example, has immense consequences that I don’t think are talked about enough. It’s no longer “just the Internet” like ten years ago.
This article was addressing a part of that. Of course, I could be entirely wrong. The people I’m writing about are my peers. Maybe I’m just too myopic to see past the actions of my own peers. Such is the bubble of going to a university.