So, when I signed up for Facebook, I may have lied about my age ... a little. Instead of putting my real year of birth, I think I may have subtracted 10 years. I figured my "friends" would know it was a joke, and if not, well, then so be it. But that was my (not necessarily honorable) choice. Poor Marguerite Joseph, however, has been given no choice but to lie about her age on Facebook.
According to Click on Detroit, the 104-year-old Michigan woman has been trying to put her real age on Facebook for years, but some kind of "glitch" won't allow people over 99 to enter their real age. Her granddaughter, Gail Marlow, who updates Marguerite's profile page for her daily, said when she tries to type in her grandmother's birth year -- 1908 -- it changes it to 1928.
Shame on you, Mark Zuckerburg, this is unacceptable. This woman should get to proudly display every single one of her years.
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Seriously, keeping up with technology is one of the most important things people can do as they age for keeping in touch with relatives, for mental stimulation, and to just stay with the times. Social media should not rule them out when developing products. Our lifespan is growing, and technology should help and encourage this rather than write off those over a certain age.
According to the station, Gail has been trying for years to contact Facebook and get them to change the system so her grandmother doesn't have to lie anymore. She says so far she hasn't gotten any response, but still holds out hope.
"I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105," she told the station. "It’s special."
Special indeed. C'mon, Mark, make it happen!
Do you think Facebook should change the system so people over 99 don't have to lie about their age?
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