It’s an epidemic!

Real Parenting

Please be kind. We can’t help it. When I say ‘we’ I mean anyone of a certain age who would mostly like be dead if he IMG_5748lived a hundred years ago. Life expectancy for men in 1907 was 45.6 years.  It didn’t say how long women lived back then. I guess after a woman reached 30 she probably wasn’t noticed much except when the house was dirty or there wasn’t food on the table.

This epidemic causes many painful and embarrassing moments for those poor souls who are afflicted and their friends and family.  I won’t keep you in suspense any longer; in fact, if you have one or more of the following symptoms you have a bad case and need help.

  1.  You thought LOL meant lots of love until you sent an email to someone saying something like, “I’m so sorry for your loss.  I always admired her. LOL.”
  2. You have caused friends and family pain when you didn’t even know you did something wrong on social media. Example, my daughter showed me a  snapchat picture on her phone of the hottest guy on campus. Of course I couldn’t see it so when I clicked on the screen to enlarge the picture I apparently sent him a heart and embarrassed my daughter to the point where she almost took my head off. (Fortunately she was distracted by a message on her phone.)
  3. You use the “Share if you agree.” Apparently this is not cool. Who isn’t against cancer? Who doesn’t love their religion and take pride in their country. Who thinks clubbing seals is a good thing? Most people reading your Facebook posts aren’t on your payroll. Remember most likely your audience is reading to relax not to work your cause.
  4. You over post. So you go on a vacation great. Posting a few well-picked interesting pictures is good but posting every moment of your trip is monotonous for the rest of us. Sometimes less is more. Especially when it comes to your kids’ performances. We don’t need to watch every moment of your darling’s success.
  5. You think a selfie-stick should remain behind closed doors in the privacy of your own room.

Unfortunately I tested positive for all the symptoms, so I asked my daughter for help on improving my social media etiquette she said,”Watch a video on it, google ‘social media for the elderly’.”

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