Facebook is an huge part of a lot of our lives, isn’t it? For many of us, we can’t imagine a day going by without the odd frenzied thumb scroll down our feed. But Mark Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth has only been with us since 2004. Just twelve years ago we all survived without it somehow. A crazy thought, huh? Now, most of us that use it are younger folk who pick these kind of things up nice and easily. So it’s always a little awkward to see older relatives join up and add you. They’ve tried their best, bless them, but their social networking is always a bit weird, isn’t it? They never fully grasp it. Here are fifteen examples of exactly what we’re talking about…
Let’s start here with the struggles of an elderly couple trying to upload their Christmas photo album onto the social network. Now, you or I would approach this challenge with the logic that you need connect the website with the actual pictures. But not them. Their first thought? As their grandkid says – they’re just gonna go right ahead and type the command into a status update like it’s some sort of bizarre robot from a 1980’s family sci-fi flick. An interesting take, but a useless one. Big fail.
Here we see more text instructions from an older lady in lieu of knowing exactly how to do a simple task on Facebook. Sally has decided she no longer wants the not-as-funny-as-they-think-they-are Kraft on her feed anymore. And she’s going to make sure she gets front of the queue when it comes to who goes Kraftless. Except, as us under-60’s know, that ain’t how it works. Still, at least she’s got a pal watching her back, tuning her into how it really happens.
Here’s a particularly funny one. Dad David D thinks Facebook is Google and tries to search for something. Luckily for him it was just for the whereabouts of the ingredients of a chicken casserole. But just imagine if it was for something a little more risque. That could well have put both dad and son in a very awkward position indeed. Still, weirdly, Dad’s refusal to Google still saw him get his results. Stubborn, but it worked!
Poor John. He just wants to say ‘hi’ to his niece Dawn and he’s ended up getting a harsh lesson in technological know-how from some concerned/amused pals. Instead of writing his message on Dawn’s wall, he’s just gone right ahead and posted his ‘Hi Dawn!’ message as a status update. We bet he’s glad he bothered charging his phone now. Dawn didn’t get his message, but he got schooled by David. Whoever David is.
Here’s a pictorial explanation of the concept of ‘awkwardness’. A young lad decides, rather vainly, to show off his abs and pecs on his favorite social network, lifting his shirt for a selfie profile pic. But instead of approving comments from girls at school, it’s his grandma who pitches up with the text-based wolf whistling. Which is just creepy, isn’t it? Imagine your granny or granddad telling you if they were fifty years younger they’d jump your bones. It’s just weird.
Here’s an excellent example as to why you should never accept friend requests from your elderly relatives. It doesn’t matter whether you’re straight or gay – like Laura here – an open declaration as to your weekend goals can backfire on you. To be fair, telling everyone that you’re going muff diving is a little on the crass side regardless of whether your ol’ Gran or Auntie is on Facebook or not. So this is as much of an old person fail as it is a young person fail.
‘Bieber Fever’. It’s not a recognized medical disorder. It really isn’t. It is something, though. It just depends who you are. If you’re younger than 16 it’s a dedication to the excellent singer and artist from Canada, the one and only Justin Bieber. If you’re older than 16 then it’s something that weirdos suffer from where you think that a terrible spoiled brat from north of the border is actually talented in any way. But if you’re older than 60, then you have no idea. It sounds like a real disease. Which, to be straight, it kinda is. The cure? A bullet to the head.
Now THIS is a Facebook comment. We’re probably wrong to feature this little doozy as a fail at all There’s nothing wrong with this little interjection by an older Facebook user. In fact, we love it. This older lady, with a parrot on her shoulder (even cooler…) is bang right. While her moaning younger relative complains about nothing, she’s setting the record straight. Be glad to be alive! Mondays suck a little, but they trump No Mondays. So let’s all be a little more thankful, okay?
Now this is a fail from someone’s grandma. She’s stepping all over someone’s status update without invitation. That’s a no-no on Facebook, right? Well, kind of. We kind of like it, though. We, personally, hate seeing statuses that are all ‘ooooh look at me!’ You know what we mean, they’re all vague, just designed for some idiot to reply with, ‘hey hun, what’s up?’ Urgh. Screw those people. We wish there were more old people on Facebook ruining these wails for help.
The identity of the people involved here have been obscured to protect the innocent. And the guilty. This ungrateful kid has gone onto social media to sound off about his older family types handing him over money. But in a relatively good natured way. But the response he received? Anything but friendly or good natured. In fact, he – or she – got an absolute serve here. We kinda respect the point, but we’ve gotta say, it’s a harsh lesson for a kid to learn!
We don’t know exactly what’s worse… A grandmother than can’t work out general punctuation marks on their keyboards… Or a grandmother completely ignorant of sports and current affairs. Luckily for us, we don’t have to worry about having a granny lacking in either sets of knowledge. Unlike this poor guy. He’s got both barrels heading his way. Probably a good time to delete your status, brother. It’s the only way out of this ticky situation.
Facebook is all about hooking up with your friends and family and saying hello. Having a bit of a chat and organizing events. It’s not really about calling people’s attention and then not doing anything with it. To do what this sweet old dear is doing is tantamount to screaming at someone on the other side of the road and then telling them not to worry and sauntering off, all casual, like. Look, if you nudge someone. At least ask how they are or something, okay?
Hey, look… We’re not saying that we think that Yoghurt’s owner is stupid or as dumb as a dishrag or anything, but… C’mon. What is it exactly about this picture of his ugly little dog farting that made this old-timer squirm with pride at his over-riding intellect? We mean, let’s be honest, he didn’t even punctuate that sentence properly. He’s missing the full stop for starters. You’ve got to at least check the basics to get plaudits like that.
Here’s someone’s old mom piping up on a status she didn’t mean to. And intimating that she might like to eat her daughter’s pet. Not only that but with mustard. AND she doesn’t even want/know how to delete her VILE comment! Ah, we don’t mind it, actually. We like the pin prick of pomposity here, actually. How can this kid claim not to be Catholic, but then straight away revel in the idea of Heaven, though? Pick a side, kid…
Here we see Granny trying to wish her grand-daughter a Happy Birthday, but instead of wishing it from her and her husband she sent a greeting on behalf of a famous old hip-hop star. Which seems like an innocent mistake, but we reckon that ‘Grandmaster Flash’ only came up because Granny already liked Flash and that’s why he was suggested as she typed in ‘Grandpa’. She’s a secret rap lover. And she’s just outed herself.