Are You Old If You Can Still Facebook Someone?

Gertrude Baines, the oldest person in the world from January to September of 2009. Photo by John Rabe

I try not to let the moderately right-leaning U.S. News and World Report tip me off to anything other than where to go to school, but today it hips me to a new study from the Pew Research Center that says social network use doubled among Americans aged 50 to 64, from 25 percent about a year and a half ago to 47 percent now. 86 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds have an account on Facebook, LinkedIn, or (people still use that shit?) MySpace.

Unfortunately, USNWR tells me that represents an increase in social networking use among “Senior Citizens.” Now in my early 40s, I’d like to smack any in the face any schlub who calls a 50-year-old a “senior citizen.” No discredit to senior citizens — God love you and that Jack Nicholson cats you all seem to dig so much — but if you’re not cashing a Social Security check and you can’t get a discounted meal at Denny’s, you’re not a senior citizen, are we all, as old fogies, agreed on that fact?



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