I was puzzled and somewhat amused this weekend when someone on Facebook went into a rant about “old people”. The writer hinted the elderly should be banned from the social network because they are “negative and don’t know how to properly use the computer”. (Ooops, guilty as charged!!!)
She ended her diatribe by officially “divorcing” herself from her FB membership. I’ve seen other “Facebook friends” do this from time to time and can’t help but wonder why they don’t just “unfriend” the offensive “friends”.
And would someone please define the meaning of “old”? Is it 45 or 85? (There was a time I thought anyone over 25 was ancient.)
It reminded me of a five year old stamping her foot and throwing down her ice cream cone because her underwear was too tight. She hated tight underwear but took it out on her ice cream cone. I do it all the time!
Certainly we often disagree with other people but it seems insensitive to malign a whole generation of people suffering from AA (advanced age).
I’m not a regular FB contributor but I lurk around to see what the rest of the world is up to. I wouldn’t have known my good friend Peggy had surgery last week; that Chet is buying a new home; that Brother Rogers is moving to another town or that Beverly had a new grandbaby if there were no Facebook.
Besides If we all thought, felt and performed at the same level, we would be like “Stepford” people occupying a planet of robots. Maybe a little dissension keeps the mind from atrophying and reminds us our opinions are just that – our opinions.
I don’t believe there are many absolutes in the world and staying in touch with folks outside our inner circle could help coax us away from terminal narrow mindedness. Maybe. I don’t know for sure because I’m computer illierate, about to enter my seventh decade, and should probably be among those banned from Facebook.
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