Proper Facebook Etiquette

#2077 old, but relevant

Sunday 14th July, 2013

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Dear Mariann,

My step-son has introduced me to your blog. In fact he was one of your students. A bright child I am sure you’ll agree. He says to mention that he would like another First from Durham. I have to say that the same step-son has also asked if I could go off Facebook. He says I am ‘too old’. I think that this is a rotten idea. Can you set him straight please.

From Ms Horne, who resides near TheHorn apparently (nice pub, I’m told).

Ms Horne, how lovely to hear from you, and delighted that your family enjoyed his time at Durham. I have no power to give him another First, he must do the hard work, then all will be well. Ah, and pay the fees.

Can I change his mind; let me try. One day, with our aging population, Facebook will make it compulsory to age-discriminate against those in your networks. This will stop 50something ‘cougars’ dating 20something ‘Lotharios’.  A relief all round I think you’ll agree. Ms Horne, you have not stated why your step-son has made this request. Have you done something to upset him? Posted too many selfie’s of you with a gin and slimline around the pool? Perhaps dated one of his Facebook friends then shamelessly dumped them via a Wallpost – such scenario’s have also been the subject of this blog.

In the 19th Century it was uncommon for youth and wisdom to occupy the same social networks. There was a strict demarcation between the juvenile delinquents and more mature tastes. Today, we’re all swimming together in the same pond. What about a middle-ground, simply unfriend your step-son and/or block yours/his feeds.  This should offer the solution that you both need, without compromise or offense.

It is good that family look out for one another, and should also look after their interests, but I doubt if it’s the job of Facebook to make family ‘closer’ than they need be, especially when they’re busy posting selfies.

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