My Grandma vs The Internet

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My Grandma Vs The Internet

By David O’Gorman

Social media has been a big part of my life, and in turn I’m a big part in the life of social media. I’m a contributor, a creator, an explorer, a sharer, a liker and even more importantly I’m updated, more or less so than my Grandma

So let’s start with me, my adventure through social media #theinternet.

Facebook a lure, a trap, an addiction created by the ZUC (Mark Zuckerberg) this was my first free pass into the world of social media, i can remember back in time when I broke the rules and regulations of Facebook in my year 4 classroom as I still wasn’t of the age limit yet. It was such a magical feeling being able to control my age i felt just like a wizard as my age was set at 194 making me the oldest living human being at that point in time. I was the wizard of this new form of entertainment and communication.

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This new form of social media had suddenly entranced me into a new style of communication nor for the better but most probably the worst, my words became shorter and in turn my sentences also became shorter, all of these abbreviations were amazing, it was a new era in the world of texting now i could say “ROFL” instead of saying “rolling on the floor laughing”, and even better “TTYL” meaning “talk to you later”. I’m not going to lie I love social media and I’ve probably become a product of it but i can say that it has ruined me, it has made me impure in the sense of my grammar and literature, instead of helping improve these skills it’s made me take one step forward two steps backward. It’s like when I’m sitting an English in class essay talking to the audience writing “u” instead of “you” or even worse writing “lol” (laugh out laugh) thinking that is acceptable context, like what am I becoming, some new stupid space age robot conforming to the new way of terrible communication, and yet you still can’t forgot about how “emojis” have replaced real expressions they have intruded my life!!!

Emoji s aren’t the only thing that I have allowed the internet to intrude my life, well like, there’s my Grandma….

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My grandma loves the internet and even more importantly social media, she went her whole life without even knowing what #the internet even was and now… that she has found out what it is and even more importantly what Facebook is, she has become a master stalker of all of her grandchildren… and the most annoying part of this is I’m her favorite. Social media hasn’t just affected my grammar and punctuation, it has also sadly affected my social life.

It seems as though my grandma has grown up in a time made up of fancy cursive writing, adorable postcards and love letters… but now, now my grandma has evolved, this thing that i know as social media has given her the key, they key to endless games of “words with friends”. Although social media has had a very negative effect on my grammar, punctuation and even destroyed my vocabulary as an English student I reckon that it has had a positive impact on her vocabulary, they might say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can still teach your grandma new words. 

But all in all social media is great and so is my grandma.

My grandma loves the internet and even more importantly social media, she went her whole life without even knowing what #the internet even was and now… that she has found out what it is and even more importantly what Facebook is, she has become a master stalker of all of her grandchildren… and the most annoying part of this is I’m her favorite. Social media hasn’t just affected my grammar and punctuation, it has also sadly affected my social life.

It seems as though my grandma has grown up in a time made up of fancy cursive writing, adorable postcards and love letters… but now, now my grandma has evolved, this thing that i know as social media has given her the key, they key to endless games of “words with friends”. Although social media has had a very negative effect on my grammar, punctuation and even destroyed my vocabulary as an English student I reckon that it has had a positive impact on her vocabulary, they might say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can still teach your grandma new words. 

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One thought on “My Grandma vs The Internet

  1. Great post David! I drew similar points in my own post on the intrusive nature of the effects social media can have on our personal lives. Just as the way in which your grandmother conducts herself online by stalking your Facebook account, I talked about the way in which how other people treat one another over the internet can have effects that transfer into real life. Although I wrote in the context of dating site phishing, the point remains the same. All actions on social media can affect one’s personal life, and from hearing about your grandmother’s stalking habits I’m sure you’ve probably had an awkward conversation about a photo you have posted online, that you may not of particularly wanted her to see. This is a direct effect that has transferred into your personal lives from social media due to the way you both conduct yourselves online.

    Overall great piece David! Your punctuation could be slightly improved by your post has thoroughly entertained me and I look forward to reading more!

    Cheers, Nick

    (P.S. Just for future reference, always remember to spell your Zucc’s with TWO C’s! I too made this mistake when I was introduced to the term, but now that I know I can correctly say: “Mark give me the ZUCC”.)

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