Seniors have questions,
youngsters have answers
By | Hannah Holbrook
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a social media app that allows you to send short videos or photos to friends. After your friend opens your “snap” the photo or video disappears. While you are able to send these photos and videos to individuals, you are also able to post them to your “story” so that all of your friends can view. Snapchat is handy for keeping up with people through short snapshots of your life. Chances are your grandkids probably have accounts. Downloading this free app, and making an account, could be a great way to stay in contact with family!
What is a fun Texas-day-trip I can take with my teenage grandkids?
There’s nothing teenagers like more than taking photos and posting their adventures on social media. Knowing this, why not take a trip that they’ll want to share with all of their friends? A day trip to Austin could include walking around down-town, eating (and photographing) good food, and taking photos in front of iconic murals. Slip some state government education into your trip by touring the capitol building!
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is the video game that every kid is obsessed with. It has over 100 million registered users, the majority of which are young people. Minecraft isn’t just a game, it’s a virtual world that players inhabit and control. Players can build anything, go anywhere, and do anything. There are animals, mountains, hidden villages, intricate caves and jungles. Each player’s map is one-of-a-kind and infinite in size. Its universal and cross-generational appeal has made it the success it is today. Next time you see your grandkids playing, sit down and give it a try!
What is EDM?
EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music. This style of music is popular amongst young people, especially ones that like to dance. Electronic dance music (also known as dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a set of percussive-electronic music genres produced primarily for dance-based entertainment environments, such as nightclubs.
Why do young people prefer texting over calling?
Growing up with smart phones and texting has put one major handicap on the younger generation: many of them feel immense anxiety when it comes to talking on the phone. When you’re texting, you can methodically think about what you’re going to say, and how you’re going to say it. Talking on the phone is much more unpredictable and spontaneous. There is no time to plan out or edit your responses. Because of this, many young people feel uncomfortable talking on the phone. To feel more connected with, and less rejected by, the young people in your life, try texting them in order to engage in conversation. You may find more success with texting than with traditional calling.
What are they even saying? A senior’s guide to modern slang:
SLAY | Slay often describes someone who’s been really successful at something. It’s synonymous with “killed it.” So if someone passes a test, you could say they slayed. If you’re “slaying” that outfit, you look really good and you’re working it.
BAE | Noun. Term of endearment variously thought to either be a truncation of “baby” or an acronym meaning “before anybody else.”
EXTRA | Just like with extra toppings on your ice cream or hot dog, “extra” is used to signify a person who’s excessive, dramatic, or doing too much.
LIT | When something is especially awesome. Example: “This party is lit!”
GHOSTING | Ghosting is the act of completely cutting off communication with someone without any rhyme, reason, or explanation. If he or she simply never answers your texts and phone calls after a date, congrats: You’ve been ghosted.
SALTY | an adjective used to portray that a person is annoyed, upset, or acting like a sore loser.
BASIC | Adjective meaning average, boring, or routine. It is a slang term in American popular culture used to pejoratively describe middle class white women who are perceived to predominantly like mainstream products, trends, or music.
SHIP | We’re no longer talking about a boat. The word “relationship” has been shortened to just “ship,” in order to work as a verb that basically means you support two people who are together. Maybe you ship (or “approve of”) two people dating because they’re your favorite celebrity couple.
FOMO | an acronym for the “fear of missing out.” It describes the fear that other people are having more fun than you are—without you.
JELLY | another word for jealousy or envy.
SAVAGE | Fearless, brave, and willing to take risks. Brutal, but awesome.
SQUAD | One’s group of friends. Formerly known as “posse,” “crew,” “homies,” and “chums.”