At the beginning of the 1990s, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world's first web browser and editor, which was royalty-free, easy to use, and eventually developed into the internet as we know it today.

Of course, there were people who doubted the longevity of the technology. Not to mention those who already had their lives built around other things and couldn't be bothered by "childish games." But now that their friends and family, including their beloved grandchildren, are all using it, even these folks are creating accounts on social media to connect to them.

While it's quite inspiring that they're trying to tame all the scary hardware and software, some of their attempts result in pure comedy gold. At least by our standards. And the funniest ones can be seen on the Instagram account 'Old People Facebook.'

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Not Facebook But It’s Relevant Okay

Not Facebook But It’s Relevant Okay

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A lack of in-person interactions is the primary driver for older people to use social media, which differs from how younger people use it to establish and maintain relationships, a study by a researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) found.

The research was the first to apply a uses and gratifications framework to examine Facebook and Instagram use among older populations aged 50-plus, a demographic that has not been well examined in regard to social media use.

#3

Tag Your Grandma

Tag Your Grandma

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#4

Anchors Away Matey

Anchors Away Matey

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OCD Mom
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww he looks amazing, love his smile.

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#5

1982 Was A Dark Year

1982 Was A Dark Year

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xxx
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just LOVE it when older people get sassy, there's something so magical about it

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One reason for the dearth of research on older users is that it’s actually hard to find study participants, said Dr. Pavica Sheldon, a social media researcher and the author of 'Social Media: Principles and Applications' and 'The Dark Side of Social Media.'

"Most social media studies are done on college students because they are an easily accessible demographic due to convenience: they are already sitting in your classes and want extra points for filling out a survey," Dr. Sheldon, a professor of communication arts, explained. "That is true across social science and topics. The problem with these studies is that they are not generalizable."

#6

Silly Potato

Silly Potato

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#8

Great Beauty

Great Beauty

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When Lynn Johnson Ware, a coauthor of the study and a former graduate student in her class, came up with the idea to analyze the way older people use social media, Dr. Sheldon said they looked up past studies and could not find anything about, for example, the way Baby Boomers use Instagram.

"Originally, I was concerned that we would not be able to find enough participants of that age to fill out our survey," she said, but "Lynn recruited a lot of participants through her parents’ social network."

#13

Wanna Be 98 Again!!!

Wanna Be 98 Again!!!

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"Most older individuals tend to be later adopters when it comes to social media platforms," Dr. Sheldon said.

"When Facebook was created, only college students had access to it. It took a couple of years for older individuals to start using it. The same is true with Instagram."

But older people are slowly catching up.

#14

How Do You Know My Name

How Do You Know My Name

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Roy Zobel
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know what the problem of Angelica's dog is ... Angelica.

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I Can’t Wait For Christmas Posts... I Got Some Good Ones Coming

I Can’t Wait For Christmas Posts... I Got Some Good Ones Coming

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The study divided the older adults into Baby Boomers (age 50-74) and Traditionalists (age 75 plus).

Both groups tended to list diversion and entertainment as the reasons they use Facebook, while social activity, travel, and real-world leisure activities were positive predictors of using Instagram for relationship surveillance, documentation, and self-promotion.

#20

Old People Don’t Get “Jokes”

Old People Don’t Get “Jokes”

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David Martin
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never been involved with drugs, so this is the first I've ever learned that you can use a heroin needle to do Coke (or Sprite, root beer, Fanta...)

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"Our findings showed that socially active Baby Boomers use Instagram to document their stories and to show off. This finding about older individuals using visual media to promote themselves was a little surprising to us," Dr. Sheldon noted.

Overall, however, most Baby Boomers are Facebook users and spend more time there than they do on other social media platforms.

#22

Ariana Grande Just Give Him A Chance

Ariana Grande Just Give Him A Chance

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#24

I Figured It Works Here

I Figured It Works Here

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Erika
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Will spot is my favorite Nintendo will game

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#25

Okay But How Do You Not Talk To Your Dad For That Long?

Okay But How Do You Not Talk To Your Dad For That Long?

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Panda
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Τhey probably don't talk with messages. Dad does not seem to have the hang of it.

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Among both Boomers and Traditionalists, higher life satisfaction led to less use of Facebook and Instagram to alleviate loneliness and the need for companionship; those who were less satisfied with their lives used Facebook to compensate for the loss.

So whenever you see seniors struggling a bit on social media, don't judge them. They're most likely just trying to connect to someone.

#26

Helen Will Single Handedly End Racism

Helen Will Single Handedly End Racism

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#27

Having A Horrible Month Lol

Having A Horrible Month Lol

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#28

Sorry My Dear Friends

Sorry My Dear Friends

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#29

This Is What This Man Gets For Fighting For His Country Smh

This Is What This Man Gets For Fighting For His Country Smh

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#30

When Old People Think Everything On The Internet Is Directed Towards Them Directly

When Old People Think Everything On The Internet Is Directed Towards Them Directly

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#31

Chickens

Chickens

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Fat Harry
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, you can freeze cats and give them to chickens so on a hot day the chickens have something tasty to eat.

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#32

Don’t Worry Guys, Not Drugs

Don’t Worry Guys, Not Drugs

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#34

Poor Duckling

Poor Duckling

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#36

Free Car Accident

Free Car Accident

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#37

Literally Forgot To Post Today Ok

Literally Forgot To Post Today Ok

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Zara the squid! 🦑
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, the first child was playing on the beach and I was hungry…and…welll………..

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#38

What A Happy Cow

What A Happy Cow

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Jaaawn
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Legitimate comment tbh. She does have all the more reason to be a fan of cows.

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#39

Facebook Break Me Up With Nate I Am Not Paired With Nate

Facebook Break Me Up With Nate I Am Not Paired With Nate

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Corvus
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Facebook: No, I won't - you are such a cute couple!

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#41

She Can Make Up Her Own Acronyms

She Can Make Up Her Own Acronyms

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DC
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pfffffff ... who don't know THAT akronym?

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#44

Glaucoma Is My Favorite Food

Glaucoma Is My Favorite Food

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#45

Geez Facebook! She Would Never!

Geez Facebook! She Would Never!

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#46

Nice Perm!

Nice Perm!

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#47

I Hate It When I Think My Child Posts Everything On Fb... Smh

I Hate It When I Think My Child Posts Everything On Fb... Smh

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What if this is the real story behind that meme and the parent's response was cropped out?

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#48

Just Eat Some Yogurt Man, You Deserve It

Just Eat Some Yogurt Man, You Deserve It

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#50

Sorry Virus

Sorry Virus

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