Tech savvy? Not this lady….

Lessons Learned


When my grandson, who was a mere five years old at the time, had to show me how to take a picture with my IPad, I knew I was in over my head. I had to ask what a “selfie” was and that was just the beginning. 

A few years ago, I decided to join Facebook. I thought I was doing well when I managed to post photos to my page. Little did I know I was about to get a lesson no true English teacher is ever ready to learn. My daughters have given up on me using abbreviations other than “lol” in my texts or posts on Facebook. It is against my nature to write anything that is not proper. grammar. Before you start calling me ugly names, understand my perspective. I have been in the field of writing and grammar since I began college 44 years ago. I know, OMG, right? 

I remember not long ago I had to send a message to my nephew, Korry Turner, on Facebook asking him what the abbreviation “rofl” meant. I know that when he sent me the response, he was having a good laugh. Rolling on floor laughing is the translation and the meaning of “smh” (which totally stumped me’) was “shaking my head.” I had no clue. I got the simple ones such as “btw” for “by the way” and “cu” for “see you.” However, there are literally hundreds of these abbreviations.

Just when I was beginning to be able to read posts and texts without feeling totally hopeless, then came the use of something called an emoticon. An emoticon I learned, according to Wikipedia, is a “meta communicative pictorial representation of a facial expression which in the absence of body language and prosody serves to draw a receiver’s attention temper of a sender’s nominal verbal communications. These emoticons are usually flipped sideways. In the most recent years, as social media has become widespread, emoticons have played a significant role in communication through technology. These emoticons offer another range of tone and feeling through texting that portrays specific emotions through facial expressions. An emoticon is or can be an abbreviation for emotion icon, though it is most commonly spoke and pronounced as emoticon.” Now, that is quite the complex definition for something so simple. A bit pompous sounding, as well, for a little face-like picture. 

I still check Facebook and still pretend to know what I am doing and people are saying. I will end with this message in Facebook-ease: Hope u r ok. Btw, I really don’t like this. SMH. 🙂

I definitely am not in the “in” crowd. And I am fine with that. 

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