I received a query from CBS News technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg about “the older generation” on Facebook. Do you have a story to share about your experiences on Facebook, particularly in relation to teens, many of whom call us over-40s “the creepies”? Or do you know teens or twenty-somethings willing to say how they feel about parents and geezers coming online and inspecting their Facebook profiles? CBS News will sort through the responses and may seek to interview some of the respondents.
I’m not on Facebook, nor do I have a spot on MySpace; I’m just not interested. Consequently, I don’t know the lingo. Stuck as I am between the teenage years and the over-40 realm, I’m just old enough that I can be moderately ignorant of both. However, I will say that “the creepies” sounds exactly like the sort of thing old people imagine young people say, rather than a word young people actually use. As America’s Finest News Source once reported,
Rodney Dunbar, a 46-year-old civil engineer and father of two, “must have read some drug-slang pamphlet or something,” his children reported Monday.
“Dad and I were watching the NBA playoffs Saturday,” 14-year-old son Dylan said. “Someone missed a pass, and he goes, ‘Sometimes, I get the feeling that some of these basketball players are smoking the rock.’ Then, a few days later, he sits down on my bed and asks me if I’d ever been ‘pressured into attending a raver party, where kids dance and take party drugs like truck driver, co-pilot, Georgia home boy, and doctor.’ It’s like he picked up a health textbook or something. Or maybe he found some weird talking-to-your-kids-about-drugs web site.”
So, my Facebook-enabled friends, do you call everyone older than your nearest tenured graduate student “the creepies”? Inquiring minds want to know.