Social Norms on Social Media

January 22, 2013

It is no secret that social networking is growing rapidly and is here to stay. But now we can sit back and watch as the world tries to figure out the boundaries on conversational topics on social media. Social norms that are widely accepted, such as which topics you can or cannot bring up in certain situations, get foggy when it comes to discussions online. We learn in “Religion, Politics, Sports… What People Around the World Do and Do Not Talk About on Social Media” on Quartz that citizens of different countries are already appearing to set vastly different new rules.

We learn:

“Different countries are writing those rules differently. A recent survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows how common it is in each of 20 countries to talk about politics, religion, sports, and music or movies on social media. There are some surprising differences.

Europeans generally talk politics online less than people in the Americas. Middle Easterners are the most voluble of all, which is no surprise given the recent Arab Spring.”

It also appears that religious discussions vary greatly all over the world and pop culture is popular everywhere. Now that we know what is popular, perhaps this will be a starting place for new social norms to be set regarding social networking. We wonder what Miss Manners would have to say about this.

Andrea Hayden, January 22, 2013

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