I recently had the interesting thought of what it would be like to try to explain social media to my grandpa.


Me: So, Twitter is a platform where people tweet out their thoughts.

Grandpa: I thought this was about the Internet. Are we talking about birds now?

Me: No, no. So, imagine a diary. But, instead of writing all these personal thoughts into a notebook that only you will ever see, you put the thoughts out onto the Internet for EVERYONE to see.

Grandpa: So, you put your personal information about yourself, out into the public on purpose? Like it’s not an accident?

Me: Yes. So, like, any opinion that you have on anything, you can just put that thought out into the world. This is all public information that anyone can see, like, say, a potential future employer.

Grandpa: You guys do a lot of drugs, huh?


Me: So, Instagram is for photos. It’s basically the same concept as Twitter, but with pictures. You like to take pictures, right grandpa?

Grandpa: Not really, but I do like to capture things that I may not see everyday. What kind of pictures do people post?

Me:  Well, people mostly just post pictures of their own faces, they’re called selfies.

Grandpa: Hmm, “selfie”? Sounds a lot like the word “selfish”.

Me: Well, yeah. They post them so other people will tell them how good they look.

Grandpa: And these people aren’t embarrassed or ashamed? Or in a mental asylum?

Me: No, on the contrary, a lot of them will post a selfie and caption it: “No shame”. They will post one about every day or two.

Grandpa: You’re making this shit up.


Me: So, Facebook is basically just a combination of Twitter and Instagram. You pretty much just give people updates on your life and what you’re doing.

Grandpa: You update people on your life? But, these people do know that nobody gives a shit, right? And if this one does the same thing as the other two, why does anybody have the Twatter and Shitstagram ones?

Me: Well, because you have to try to get as much attention as possible. You’re a loser if you’re not updating, posting pictures, and tweeting about yourself!

Grandpa: Seems like it should be the other way around, but what do I know. I just fought in a war.


Me: Alright, so this one is picture based, too. But instead of everything being public, you only send the picture to someone that you want to see it.

Grandpa: Okay, but what’s the point? Can’t you just do that with your fancy Mp3 ipod picture telephones?

Me: Well, it’s special because the pictures disappear after a few seconds and the other person can’t see it again. So, you know, people use it to send… naughty pictures.

Grandpa: Where do I sign up for a Snapchat?

59 thoughts on “Social Media And My Grandpa

  1. Lmao your grandpa is a funny dude. I see no need for more than just a couple social medias tbh, I don’t get why someone would need to be on 10 different sights if they do indeed do the same thing lol

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  2. Just came to have a gander and that post gave me a giggle and a half … lol … snapchat …the only social media tool worth having…btw ..is this a real story? …if so , your Grandpa is a legend!

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  3. I sometimes think that social media is ridiculous but then I remember I write a blog which in essence is exactly that but involving strangers, generally with shared interests and perhaps just a bit more respect than you get from friends for what you post. What would Grandpa say to WordPress?

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    1. Very true! I’m not sure what he’d think of WordPress, he just knows I write things to try to make people laugh lol… but I’m sure he wouldn’t get WordPress either 😂


      1. Gotta love the generation gap. I find with parents that as I’ve got older, they seem to become more like little kids…with the added interest that a parent-child relationship is based on parents having authority…but then they lose connection with the modern world but won’t listen to their kids. (Sigh)

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  4. So very true. Sadly, our society has become all about “me” instead of all about “you.” Had to share this on my FB. Wait, is that hypocritical? LOL


  5. My husband said that “I don’t know a lot about twitter or spacebook, except that Trump uses one to his advantage and why would I want anybody to know if I took a shit and why would they want to know where I took it to? After all that is kind of a private activity! Your article was enjoyed and these things came to mind while reading it!” It was right on!

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  6. Something similar happened , in a slightly more conservative way when I was explaining exactly these to my father few days back 😁😁 the way we sugarcoat things when explaining to elders 😅😅

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