I helped my parents get started on FaceBook recently. They were feeling a little left out of pictures, status updates, and laughs…So, away they went. The initial learning curve was steep. We had to create email addresses. I was calling out his email address and password. He wrote out “dotcom”. I’m not kidding. Like I said, the learning curve was STEEP! It took a few tries before he could log in successfully alone. I was reminded of trying to open a locker in junior high school! Once he successfully logged in, Daddy would freak out when he saw the “suggested friends” on the side. If he said once, he said ten times, “But I don’t even know her/him!”. Then the quandary of how to respond/not respond to those friend requesting him. You see, he doesn’t like people in his business…If you have friended my Daddy and he hasn’t responded, don’t get your panties in a wad! He may be pretending that he still doesn’t understand FB!
All was going well enough. He had gotten used to it. Then FaceBook changed. I got a call at work from him. He never calls me at work, so I was immediately concerned. He explained that he logged into FaceBook as usual. He soon noticed it looked different. When he was finished, he couldn’t find the “log out” button. I have a memory of a commercial of an elderly lady saying “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!”
I am glad my folks and in-laws are on FB. I’m proud of them to for learning something new. Even if my Daddy types with one finger. Even if he only “creeps” in on our posts and pictures. Vee gives me a chuckle when she types “LOL”. I told her to be careful with some of those text/FB abbreviations…One of my aunts got an iPhone recently and has even started texting. What’s next, my Momma and Daddy get an iPad??Poppa tweeting? Vee on Google+? I may fall over dead if my father in law shows up on my FB feed!