No Room for Tone or Irony

via Wired and their profile on social media and teens:

Then there is the rule about likes and comments. According to Lara and Sofia, when your friend posts a selfie on Instagram, there’s a tacit social obligation to like it, and depending on how close you are, you may need to comment.
The safest option, especially on a friend’s selfie, is the emoji with the heart eyes. Or a simple “so cute” or “so pretty.” It’s too much work to do anything else. If there’s any deviation, “you have to interpret the comment,” Sofia says. “If it’s nice, you’re like, is this really nice or are you …” “… I don’t know,” finishes Lara. Is the comment sincere? Or slyly sarcastic? Formulaic responses breed zero confusion.
Instagram is not a place for tone or irony.

I’m on the very edge of this as my oldest turns 10 in a few months. Soon, she’ll be a real teenager, but, all the digital “angst” seems to be already present.

And articles like the one via Wired are “keeping me in the loop” because I’m so outdated:

For teens, ghosting (where you completely disappear and stop communicating, with zero announcement or explanation) is common and not considered particularly impolite.

When I hear the word “ghosting” I immediately think about ghosting a hard drive, which is the process of cloning a drive for backup or system recovery which was originally from Norton Anti-Virus software.

Gawd, am I that old…


Originally published at John Saddington.