As the result of the EU referendum became clear, the poll’s divisive effects across generational lines became highly visible online.
Some of the most visceral reaction to the Leave vote came under two related hashtags: “Not in my name” and “What have we done” shot into Twitter’s top trends list on Friday morning and were used more than 20,000 times combined.
Twitter does not reflect the general population’s view. The social network’s demographic skews much younger than the UK’s population as a whole. Pre-vote polls indicated that young people were more likely to vote Remain, and thus many commenters using the hashtags were decrying the result.