We asked “Does anybody else think the Facebook challenge “How hard did aging hit you?” is ageist?”
Here are a few responses:
What a great conversation to have. One of the challenges of getting older is our appearance. Chip Conley referred to it as “facial discrimination.” In a culture that values youth, we even discriminate against ourselves. At least, I do! Who is this person I see in the mirror? That’s not the person I imagine myself to be, but that’s what the world sees, and the world responds to what they see on the surface, not what’s in my mind. Unless I can learn how to reveal what’s in my mind in ways that don’t push those in power (youth) away. Chip Conley’s strategy was brilliant at Airbnb. He knew he couldn’t go in as the old guy who was going to set those young whippersnappers straight. He had to forge relationships and create intergenerational learning and respect.
In my opinion, we “old folks” create a lot of our own problems because we act old in our thinking and behavior. We don’t take care of ourselves physically or mentally. I’ve seen people in their fifties and sixties who are overweight, bent over and shuffling. I don’t think it has to be that way. Chip Conley challenges us to keep ourselves mentally fit. Why can’t we keep ourselves physically fit?
So, yes the FB photo challenge is ageist. Of course, we’re going to look different as we age. Why should it matter? (note to self: listen to your own advice.)
Yes – dislike it strongly. Personally I don’t like the continued focus on the superficial …. Technically – Are folks not also thinking that this could be to improve facial recognition algorithms?
Nah, it’s just mindless fun for the FB crowd
Not offended – just another silly FB time-waster that’s best ignored
and for something completely different
Let's try something different than what you looked like 10 years ago… What were you working on/trying to accomplish? How'd it work out? #10yearchallenge
— Helena Price (@helena) January 14, 2019