Effects of Trends

The effect of trends on group virtuous agreement.


The effects of hashtags and the speed at which the internet operates give credence to a very different way for people to communicate. By that, I mean that when people are forced to respond fast to certain moral or ethical dilemmas, they will tend to choose the answer they think others in their group would choose too (Protzko, et. Al.). This brings about an important discussion on how Twitter and Facebook and others affect how people interact with each other and what ideas are more likely to be continually spread based on what beliefs are more popular in our groups we identify with. See when we lean to one spectrum of beliefs, we tend to identify with that group when we interact with them more and more. Once we have a group of people we identify with, we tend to want to protect that group more and more. What I am getting at is that in our current political climate we are living in, the more divided we start to become the more divided we will be eventually become. See the lack of cohesiveness in our society mixed with social media means that we are accelerating the influence our groups have on us by demanding immediate responses. These immediate responses make us think not of what we ourselves think but of what the group we are in would expect us to think.


If we allow ourselves too much access to these social media outlets, then we risk losing ourselves in the vast collectiveness of groups and hashtags. Buckminster Fuller in his book “Critical Path” states that specialization is the universal fault that leads to extinction. If we become too specialized in what we believe without being open to all beliefs and forming our own opinions on them, we risk becoming collectivistic and specialized. This is how ideas die. This is how groups go extinct. We must not allow ourselves to become so specialized in how we interpret what is right and wrong depending on which group we identify with.

 - WPD

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1.Protzko, J., Zedelius, C., & Schooler, J. (2019). Rushing to Appear Virtuous: Time Pressure Increases Socially Desirable Responding. Psychological Science, 30(11), 1584-1591.

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