FACEBOOK IS NOT THE DEVIL’S TOOL
My brother recently told me in an e-mail, that I probably knew more about what is happening with his kids than he does because I am friends with them on Facebook. He does not do Facebook. He does not do technical stuff. He says that without shame. It is almost a badge of pride with old people.
“Facebook, I don’t do that face thingy.”
In bashing my bro, let me first throw in a little brotherly pride. My brother is one smart dude. He graduated top of his class at one of the finest colleges in the country. He was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. He graduated near the top of his class at Harvard Law School. He went on to become the top lawyer at one of the largest law firms in the south, and recently retired from his position as a Magistrate Judge for the Federal Court System. He is about two IQ points from a Mensa invitation.
AND HE DOESN’T DO THAT TECHY STUFF!!
Our Grandma Gus didn’t do that telephone stuff at the shore house.
“If I need to call, there is a pay phone down the street.”
Our mom would never do cable television.
“Why should I pay when I can get it for free?”
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Can Facebook be abused? Yes, by stupid people and teenagers. I hardly think my brother could be duped into posting lewd pictures of himself on the internet or hooking up with a sex predator, or sending money to a Nigerian Prince. Is it wise to not give too much personal information on Facebook? Yes…SO DON’T DO IT!!
Why use Facebook?
How about connecting with those old high school and college friends that you enjoy seeing every ten years at reunions?
How about seeing pictures and videos of your grandchildren the same day they are taken?
How about chatting online with your kids while watching the same football game? I sometimes play online poker with my son who lives in California, and carry on conversations while playing. How friggin cool is that?
Facebook can be really cool. It is perfect for old people to connect with friends and keep up with family. Facebook can be abused…mostly by silly teens…old people can handle it…avoiding stupid stuff is what old people do best.
I say to my older bro, lose your old fart poster boy status. Join the social media revolution. You can handle it. You can figure it out in about ten minutes…three minutes with your son’s help. Use what you like, ignore the crap you do not like and if you hate it, if you still think it is evil, or if you find you are too stupid to learn how to sign on, then just don’t use it.
As that crazy Romanian Gym coach said to the fourteen year old girl with the broken ankle before she attempted to vault the horse with a triple flip half twist saw-cow and land directly on her broken ankle,
“YOU CAN DO IT!!”