Welcome to the Peer Pressure Election: Brought to You By Social Media

  • Finally, FOMO is being used as a force for good: redirecting the narcissistic tendencies enabled by social media to peer pressure you into voting. In theory, it’s a net positive for the country. In practice, however, it’s really clogging up your feeds. Pics (or Instagrams, tweets, Foursquare check-ins, hashtags) or it didn’t happen. Not to mention that in some states–including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Texas–it’s illegal to Instagram your ballot.

    Between the obligatory first world problems tweet about cold fingers while standing outside the polling station, to amateur hour punditry on Facebook, the public displays of patriotism are relentless, self-righteous, and, most importantly, gloriously non-apathetic. Go ahead, express your political sensibilities. All the cool kids are doing it.
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