Social media generation

Social media generation

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Started by W B

We are in a crazy time of social media and the followers. With such a powerful tool to recruit people to follow you because of your fame and the need to be part of someone's following, I think we need to raise the voting age of our American voters. America is not like it used to be. Back in the day young Americans had jobs and even families by the age of eighteen. Back then young Americans had a better idea of hard-working America and the policies needed to succeed in helping America and it's people. Today our young Americans seem to be followers following celebrities and those with the biggest group of followers. Our young Americans are not basing their voting choices on the stuff they learned or researched, but instead basing their voting choices on who has the biggest following or whatever is currently trending. We can not let those who have the biggest social media following decide what is best for the American people. Another thing to consider is the brain development of these voting age teens, here is an article by the university of Rochester medical center.

"The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so.

In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part.

In teen’s brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing—and not always at the same rate. That’s why when teens have overwhelming emotional input, they can’t explain later what they were thinking. They weren’t thinking as much as they were feeling.

I propose we raise the minimum voting age to at least twenty-one this will give them some out of school life experience and a better understanding of what policies would be good for hard-working America and all of its people. 

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