You may think that us Baby Boomers are averse to social media interactions. In reality, we’re quite active. It just may not seem that way to millennials. The likely reason behind that misconception is that BB’s spend time engaging is several socializing methods other than social media. We know how terrifying face-to-face and voice communications can be, fortunately the BB’s overcame that fear at around the age of two.
So for the benefit of whippersnappers, here are some social media communication lessons for the younger generations who are willing to share the internets.
- Speaking in emojis can get annoying. We know sometimes it’s clever and funny but don’t get carried away. Neanderthals wrote in emojis but they didn’t have an alphabet. Don’t be a Neanderthal, use the alphabet.
- We’re most likely to use Facebook than other social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. They’re all the same, right? Besides, our kids got us started on Facebook and it seems to work fine.
- Text us if we need to see a message that day; email us for information that should be seen that week and, even though it’s very Mayberry, use an actual phone if you need an immediate response.
- We purposely limit the amount of personal information on-line. No one needs to know why you were compelled to go “Code Grey” at the DMV, details on your seaweed facial fiasco, or that public message to someone that really should have been a private conversation.
- No one cares about your lunch so no need to post pictures. Now if it’s moving, on fire or making noise, please post plenty of video.
- If you have a desire to post pictures of Confederacy of Drones’ staff, we’ll need written permission, sample copies of the photo, a copy of your drivers license, your mother’s maiden name, and the make and model of your first car.
- Arguing on social media is fine, in fact we encourage it. Name calling, cussing, and typing in all caps, though, just wastes our time. Remember, our generation goes outside occasionally and won’t spend their life on-line. See “How do you like them apples.”
- We don’t measure life in “likes” or the number of “friends.” Speaking of friends, we don’t think you know what that word really means.