Sometimes the older generation just doesn’t quite get it. Social media is no exception and if anything, paints the clearest picture of millennials versus well…everyone else.
How Do I Zoom In?
Think back to the last time you tried to show your Parent/Grandparent something on Instagram. Did they try to zoom in? It seems that the older generation have been genetically engineered to zoom into a photo whenever given one to see (and then blame it on bad eyesight). This problem has become such an epidemic that Instagram actually took it upon themselves to update their app, allowing the nosey Mums and Dads to zoom in to their heart’s delight.
What is a Filter?
This isn’t the only instance where the older generation just haven’t quite grasped the subtle workings of social media. Let’s talk editing. Remember those Instagram filters like “Earlybird” and “Lo-Fi” that were once the coolest way to show off your best angle way back in…1865? Well finally the older generation have clocked on and are big fans.
Can I Try?
Let’s not get started on Snapchat filters…it’s always a bit disarming to see a photo of your Grandma with the flower filter pop up on your newsfeed at 9am. Suddenly, her wrinkles have been banished and she’s sporting some cute new grey eye contacts as well as a makeup you didn’t know she even owned (or knew about). Not forgetting a huge cartoon flower crown, sitting a little lopsided because the filter can’t decide whether her reading glasses propped up on her head are actual eyes or not.
Class is in Session
Whilst sometimes the elder generations can be the more avid users of social media, they are often the most vulnerable, falling prey to sneaky influencer marketing scams (did someone say teatox?). Our Parents/Grandparents jumped onto the social media bandwagon a little late. They didn’t get to witness Twitter at its humble beginnings knowing all of your followers by their @ name was a thing, and are now left in an era where social media is a battleground of companies vying for our attention and people doing almost anything to win it back. It’s tough entering into this new battleground alone, where you will most likely be left confused as to why your Daughter is posting selfies with dog ears when you just know she doesn’t have a pair upstairs in her room.
It is essential for us to educate our elders on the pitfalls and trap doors of social media. Let them know who is being paid to advertise to them; let them know that #likeforlike is not a legally binding contract between them and a stranger living in Australia just trying to get his stats right; let them know that checking in on Facebook isn’t compulsory every time they go somewhere new and most importantly, let them know that it is just social media – nothing more, nothing less.
At the end of the day, social media is for everyone. BUT whether you choose to accept your Dad’s Facebook friend request is between you and him – no judging.
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