Two 20-something brothers share an apartment in hipster Brooklyn, N.Y., and often post selfies on Facebook and Instagram of Sunday brunches with friends. It never fails that the first “like” – “Way to go boys! – is always from Aunt Sally. “It drives them nuts that she comments immediately,” their mom says. Apparently, Aunt Sally doesn’t know the unspoken rule of social media: Adults can see but not be heard.
Through Facebook and Instagram we enjoy a front-row seat at our children’s daily dramas, from teenage grandchildren to millennial parents. Without social media we probably wouldn’t know half of what goes on in their lives. Yet sometimes we feel like aliens lurking in an alternate universe, unaware of the rules of engagement.