If you haven’t, perhaps you should read “10 Signs You’re Getting Old” first – this is a follow-up article. If you find yourself experiencing many of the signs mentioned, you might want to try adopting some of these tips…
1. Learn some K-pop artistes’ names – 2PM and Girls’ Generation don’t count! – they are too easy. You’ll impress the teenagers if you could quote a couple of the individual members’ Korean full names.
2. Familiarise yourself with online lingo – never ask the youngsters what the phrases mean. The fact that you have to ask shows that you are old. Just google them or go to urbandictionary.com before you embarrass yourself reprimanding a young person using ‘FTW’, thinking that it’s ‘WTF’ in reverse.
3. Use the modern lingo that you have learned in everyday conversation. For example, “He wears his new shoes like a boss” and “It was so embarrassing… Such an epic fail” (and please remember that sometimes ‘fail’ is spelled ‘phail’).
4. Understand what a meme is, and try to share some on Facebook (instead of sharing those recycled email stuff from the 90’s). If you can’t understand what is so funny about the recent Thor and Gangnam Style memes, try to imagine that during your era, your bunch of friends somehow came out with some manipulated photos of Elvis with hilarious sideburns. Wouldn’t that be funny?
5. When you are on social media, use hashtags e.g. “I just changed my #readingglasses” and “Just got back from Class of 1977 #reunion“. If you don’t get what a hashtag is, go back to Point No. 2 – google it.