#27: Think about whether there should be a cut-off age for Facebook participation. My doubts about being on FB re-surfaced this weekend, starting with an emailed spoof graphic titled “facebook in 50 years” which showed what your facebook profile will look like half a century from now. It’s called pensionbook and among the coolest features are: “poke someone with your walking stick,” a deaths listing (larger than the events listing), funeral notifications “Edgar Jones just died… would you like to attend the funeral”, and a “meals on wheels” application.
It is true that Facebook is increasingly attracting an “older” audience.
British comedian Richard Herring wrote about the phenomenon of being a “kidult” in the London Sunday Times. These are adults who still think they are kids — which is actually not as sad as kids who think they are adults or even adults who think they are adults.
Herring said: “If I stop and think about it my life is pathetic, so generally I don’t stop and think about it. I’ve been in total denial. Which is why I buy trendy, figure hugging T-shirts. Because if I am going to deny the fact that I am old, I might as well deny the fact that I am fat as well… Reassuringly, I am not alone. While many people in their forties have families and responsibilities, an increasing minority still resemble teenagers. Scary, wrinkled, grey-haired teenagers, with some kind of terrifying premature ageing disease, but teenagers nonetheless.”
While I am with Herring when it comes to denial, I still think that some ground rules for FB participation should be put in place. So, my list…
It’s time to get off Facebook when:
1. You are old enough to have children who are old enough to be on Facebook — you are now in real danger of becoming Lindsay Lohan’s crazy mother and should desist.
2. Your doctor recommends that you have a prostate exam
3. You notice you have liver spots or have been diagnosed with gout,
4. You feel the need to start sharing your health problems with just about anyone