A decade ago, my mom had a Blackberry, and she loved it. She could use it for work to send emails and I loved hearing the sound it made when she got a text or email.
That was all before social media was really a thing, and the networks that existed didn’t have too many people on them. Little did I know, but smartphones and the rise of social media would mean my mom would soon be on both, and frankly, it was a world that I didn’t want her to be a part of, for a few reasons.
Just see this video about all the things you shouldn’t do on social media – most of which adults do.
A lot of our parents are on social media now, and it’s a place that they don’t belong- it’s like an old nun joining a rap battle contest; you don’t know what they’ll say but it won’t be anything good.
Below are seven reasons why adults need to stay off social media, and if your mom or dad is online, I’m sure you can relate.
1: They just don’t get it. We all think it, but not many of us say it: parents and adults in general are not wanted on social media.
Think of social media as a party at the cool kids house; anyone who’s anyone is there, but once adults turn up everything is ruined and we all have to ditch the place before the authorities show up.
When my mom joined Facebook, I promptly left it. It’s not like I had anything to hide online, but I just didn’t want her anywhere near the place where I communicate with friends and people I know.
Social media is a medium for young people to express themselves away from the critical reviews of parents, and if old people keep joining us online, we won’t be able to say much without Aunt Judy budging in and leaving an embarrassing comment.
2. Adults won’t have much to contribute. Parents have trouble ordering a replacement pair of glasses from Amazon, let alone using social media in the way it’s intended.
I don’t see my mom understanding what a retweet is, and I had to set up her Facebook when she first joined. Parents have more important things to do other than tweeting ten times a day or uploading a selfie to Instagram.
My mom barely even uses her Facebook to say anything, so there’s not much point in adults having accounts if they don’t use them.
3. Adults aren’t really selfie material. Of course, parents deserve plenty of thanks for all they do and we give them a shoutout here and there, sometimes with a post to Insta of them in their college days.
Besides that, adults really don’t need to have their mugs all over the Internet. You were young and beautiful once, but we are now so let the selfie taking be done by us millennials and other youngsters.
There are filters you can use, but they don’t make you look 20 years younger.
4. Adults are confused by the slang. Don’t ever expect adults to understand what a hashtag is, and they will never be able to understand something like “bae” or “thot”.
Think of it this way; you’re in a foreign country by yourself, and you don’t speak the region’s dialect. You’re screwed; you can’t go anywhere, do anything, or communicate with anyone.
You’re lost, and there’s no hope for you. If you could speak the language, you’d get along just fine, but if you don’t, you’re in trouble, and the locals will be snickering behind your back.
On Twitter, newcomers are easy to spot, and trolls will smell it like sharks with blood in the water, and trust me, Twitter isn’t very kind to those who are new to the area.
5: Don’t they have more important stuff to do? Adulting is not easy, and most of the time it just kinda sucks.
You gotta do everything for yourself, and when you start having children, the to-do list gets way longer, only the days seem to get shorter.
How can adult find the time to set up a social media account, get it all ready for use, use it, and continue to use it when they have kids, a job, and who knows how much else to juggle that day? Using time you could’ve spent power napping for social media instead is not really adulting the right way.
6: Adults seriously should not have the energy, let alone the will to get on social media. I’m just a kid, basically, but I know that being a parent is so exhausting yet so worth it.
When you’re a parent, the only people you should want to talk to at the end of the day are your kids and your spouse. An old classmate talking about their kids should not be something you’re interested in; let them blabber on Facebook while you enjoy the things around you that actually matter.
Put down your phone, kick your feet up, and watch a movie or a show with your family. The internet will always be around, and frankly, it’s not missing you when you’re gone.
7: Social media wasn’t even made with adults in mind. Do you think Mark Zuckerberg wanted to make it easier for a couple moms to communicate online? No, he wanted to create a place where fellow Harvard students could communicate, share, and just be college kids without any adults having any input.
We’re millennials, and the internet has been always been around, at least to us. It’s engrained in our lives, and it’s something that we understand and know how to use, and rather effectively.
Parents, adults, we love you and appreciate all you’ve done for us, but don’t you want to just sit back and reflect on your life and watch us live ours? If you’re going to do that, I’d highly recommend doing it first hand, in person, than through a phone screen.
It’ll be harder for us to dodge any attempts at conversation, too, which is something you won’t mind.
Interestingly, this has caused many teens and young adults to gravitate towards SnapChat as a social media alternative. But be forewarned, just because snapchat posts disappear doesn’t mean that your snaps are safe.