The Pew Research Center shows that Americans 50+ enjoy discussing politics on Twitter / Digital Information World

The Pew Research Center has published a study that comes to the impressive conclusion that US adults are very fond of tweeting about politics. Say it’s not like that!

Specifically, their results show that about a third of all tweets by US citizens aged 50 and over are politically oriented. This might not be the most surprising conclusion (water seems to be wet in other news), but hey: props to the Pew Research Center for digging into cold, hard facts rather than well-worn zingers from an online tech magazine . It is hardly new that so much of adult American conversation revolves around the discussion of such topics, for myriad reasons. To kick things off, adults around the world seem to be connecting through politics more than anything else. Maybe it’s because newspapers were a dominant form of casual entertainment in their early lives, or even more because there were only so many channels a TV could broadcast back then. On the other hand, I would argue that our youth today are much more politically aware and conscious due to the expansive news feeds that social media bombards us with on a daily basis; perhaps even to the detriment of their overall mental health.

The other reason why conversations revolve so much around politics is that, at least for the last few years, US politics has been a distinct form of entertainment. I may not be 100% serious about that statement, but watching Trump’s rise to the presidency and the years that followed was like watching a mass traffic accident on the freeway. It’s awful, sure, but how do you look away? More seriously, the (former) presidency has managed to generate a level of discourse that other issues have not quite been able to muster. Between the BLM, KKK rallies, and Democrats and Republicans, everyone suddenly had an opinion that just needed to be voiced. The youth were certainly a big part of this online conversation, but older people also had their say.

It may even be due to a sense of isolation felt by Americans in their 50s and up. Baby boomers are often sown as seeds for much of the late-stage capitalist nightmare currently plaguing the United States. While there is definitely some truth to this statement, the average elderly person was just someone trying to do what was best for themselves and their families. The fact that they could afford tuition with two part-time jobs while our generation could not afford the same with two full-time jobs may have an entirely different source. However, the only platform such individuals can choose to defend themselves is social media.

I mean, I still don’t excuse the average boomer’s sense of superiority when they tell the modern generation to get a job or show up everywhere. But hey, online political discussions are still way better than joking about how nagging someone’s wife is. We get it, you wanted a divorce but couldn’t due to the socio-political climate and your own innate fear of being alone, hush now.

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