Brexit: the new divide and what it means for digital immigrants and digital natives

Potential thesis subject?

A simple google search of “brexit family split” will bring you a long list of links from reputable websites all showcasing different stories of just how bad the Brexit referendum has left their families

Take for example Stephanie from Merseyside whose trip home to her loving parents was ruined as she soon discovered that they were on different sides of the referendum quoting that her parents refused to see any other point of view than their own, she also spoke of a moment when her father asked a family friend who is can EU citizen to leave Britain if they cared about the EU so much.

YouGov reported that 75% of 18-24 year olds and 56% of 24-49 year old voted to remain in the EU vs 44% of 50-64 year olds and 39% of those over 65 years of age. These stats have left the younger generation or rather the ‘millennials’ as they are popularly known, furious. Taking to their usual forms of expression several tweets and Facebook posts have echoed out negativity towards the leave campaign with some reading out like this :

“I’m worried Brexit has made me ageist, I saw this older couple in the street and just felt this sudden, enormous wave of fury towards them and their generation. It was almost physical.”

“I’m never giving up my seat on the train for an old person again”

“Most of the time, I can see past her (person’s mother) views. But right now, I’m angry and ashamed”

“I’m ashamed of my own mother. I’m incredibly angry that she didn’t consider the future of her children”

“Due to petty quibbles with EU practice, my parents have voted away my right to live and work in nearly 30 countries”

“I tried to push my ideas of why we should stay, saying it’s our future,My parents went with the immigration route”

Becky (22) says she tried to explain it was “her generation” that was going to have to live with it. Her parents and Nan would reply: “Everyone comes in and steals our jobs.”

The Daily Beast revealed that her majesty the queen
would ask her dinner guests to give her three good reasons why Britain should have remained in the EU, on the contrary Prince William has been quoted stating “In an increasingly turbulent world, our ability to unite in common action with other nations is essential. It is the bedrock of our security and prosperity and is central to your work”

So with all this information it led me to think? Did the manner in which the millennials/digital natives view the world influence their brexit vote? Why is it that majority of the 49+ voted in a particular way? is it that the minority of the 49+ and Majority of the 24+ leave voters share a similar global outlook which is geared by technology ergo digital natives?

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/27/brexit-family-rifts-parents-referendum-conflict-betrayal

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36629073/what-now-after-brexit-divided-my-household

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-27/brits-spent-all-weekend-arguing-with-relatives-over-brexit

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/02/inside-the-royal-family-split-over-brexit.html