Social Media Ageism? 104 Year-Old Woman Is Too Old For Facebook

February 22, 2013  |  


While a lot people lie about their age on social media networks, Marguerite Joseph wants to put her real age on her Facebook profile — but the 104 year old can’t.

It seems every time her granddaughter, who maintains the page for Joseph, tries to input her grandmother’s birth year as 1908, Facebook changes it to 1928.  So Joseph now just keeps her age at 99 years old, reports The Associated Press (via Black America Web).

The Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., centenarian is legally blind and can’t hear well, but her granddaughter, Gail Marlow, reads and responds to all of her Facebook messages.

A Facebook official did not immediately respond to request from AP for comment.

Joseph isn’t the only senior using Facebook. In fact a recent study found that 50 percent of seniors are on the Internet. The Pew Research Center study found that 53 percent of older Americans use the Internet or email. And just over a third (34 percent) use social networks like Facebook Inc., with 18 percent of them doing so every day, reports The San Francisco Business Times.

Is your grandmother — or great-grandmother — online?

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