I am a 70-year-old “boomer” mom, and I started using computers back in the 1970’s, in graduate school, when we had to use the university’s mainframe, with punchcards, to run our Fortran statistical program. I started participating in social media long before Facebook, when it was on local bulletin boards, Compuserve, and Usenet groups.
The computer literacy and experience of boomers varies widely, as do the reactions of our children and younger friends and relatives to our online interactions. I was not offended by Alana’s piece. I thought, in fact, that it was rather touching at times.