14 Ways Old People Make Social Media A Terrible Place For Everyone

Like it or not, old people are starting to figure out the Internet. They might not be the target demographic for many of the websites and apps that Millennials know and love, but somehow they’re finding out about them.

Slowly but surely, elderly folks are infiltrating the online sphere, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

If you’ve ever had to tell your great aunt how to access her email over the telephone, you probably know that old people are pretty bad at technology.

Despite these shortcomings, a significant number of them still insist on trying to remain with the times; if this were high school, they’d be the outsiders trying too hard to fit in with the cool kids.

If you’ve ever seen an old person on social media, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. There are a lot of reasons old people make social media a terrible place. Here are 14 of them:

Everything somehow becomes about Obama

They interact with brands non-ironically

They assume you’re an alcoholic

If they’ve never seen a video, they assume that nobody else has either

Everything is a #hashtag

They manage to reply quicker than humanly possible

They’re terrible at usernames

They’re at least a full year behind the rest of the Internet

They still play Mafia Wars

They’re not exactly in tune with online scams

They’re generally unattractive. It’s not their fault, but it had to be said.

They somehow don’t know how to turn off the caps lock

They assume everything is a Google search

They can’t differentiate between status updates and song lyrics (even though you’re doing it wrong if you’re still posting lyrics as status updates)


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Connor Toole