There’s no denying that technology has changed a lot about our lives.
I can barely take my toddler to the bathroom without updating my status to “OMG someone had a poopsy!!!1!!ONE!”, and when something important happens, like a positive pregnancy test or engagement? You bet your sweet little socks people will tweet the hell out of that.
Now before you point your black little finger at me, kettle, let’s talk about who else is poking peeps and sending tweets on the world wide webz. Let’s talk about who is reading your latest passive aggressive status or browsing the pictures you were tagged in when you went to that kegger last weekend. Not only do you have to worry about your younger cousin stalking your profile, you also have grandparents to worry about. And in some cases, great grandparents.
Meet Florence Detlor, who is Facebook’s oldest official user, at the age of 101. On Monday the 27th, she paid a visit to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and the chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg at the head office.
Not only is she the cutest lady out there (Seriously. Look at her!), she actually uses her account regularly posting such cute things as “Its 10:15pm California time, Good night everyone. Sleep well.”. Florence lives in California and her profile looks similar to any other. She states that she is a college graduate (Occidental College, class of 1932), has some friends and family listed, and some pictures, too. Her “About” section says that she is “Looking for a good book to read.” which ups the awww factor quite a bit in my books.
So the next time you plan on posting some ridiculous crap on your Facebook page, think about whether you would like your own grandparents to see it. Because in this day and age, it’s happening, people. When I first read the story, I admit that my first thought was that I needed to get my grandfather in on this action. He will be 103 in February (I love you Lolo Ido!), and he adores looking at pictures of his grand-kids online. Plus it would be nice to know that every time one of our elders post a status or *gasp* check-in somewhere, we can rest a little easier and know that our moms and dads and grandparents are safe.
I for one embrace the use of new technology, which is why my 2.5 year old can unlock and use an iPad and my 6 year old can navigate through Apple TV like a champ. Does this inspire you to get your grandparents involved, or do you feel like a new abacus is more their style? Thoughts?