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I'm Teaching My Mom How to Use Facebook

My mom stares at a computer all day. She encodes documents at her workplace, but she has absolutely almost zero know-how on using the Internet, especially Facebook.

While lounging in the living room, watching TV, my mom suddenly announced that she wanted to learn how to use her Facebook account, which one of my sisters set up for her a year ago. Because I love my mother :) I decided to teach her. It was a bit frustrating on both our parts because my mom would ask how to exit a page and I'd point to the X button. She asked how she could see pictures and I pointed a finger at the Photos section. I was mostly patient, though. Although most of the time I wondered why it seemed as if she didn't read the labels and buttons, I told myself it's normal for someone her age (she's a few years shy of 60), who has never used a social media network before.

In a few minutes, she was set and looking for her friends! I found it a bit funny when she would find her old friends or high school classmates and say, "Look at her, still so pretty after all these years!" or "She lost some weight! She looks like a skeleton now!" She'd whoop and laugh whenever she saw photos of old friends or whenever someone she knew sent her a friend request.

Seeing my mom act like an enthusiastic toddler discovering a simple game for the first time was what kept my patience intact, teaching her something, that for me, was a walk in the park. After all, when I was a toddler learning a new game, I bet she had smiled at my enthusiasm, patiently teaching me.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on August 6, 2014, 2:40 PM

I have tried to teach my Mom about her facebook page but it is very hard for her to understand. She has a page because she likes to play farmville, but if I try to tell her how to find friends or how to upload pictures, it is way over her head.

Rhymis wrote on August 10, 2014, 3:18 AM

&LeaPea , that's so cute. I guess we just have to let them be. Maybe all this social media stuff is an entirely different language to them. Power to you for trying to teach your mom, though!

allen0187 wrote on August 24, 2014, 12:39 AM

That is so nice of you. My mom already knows how to use Facebook. In fact in our family, she is the biggest FB user. I, on the other hand, do not have a Facebook account. LOL!