Sure, you can try to stay younger by exercising, coloring your hair and wearing stylish clothes - but how do you respond when someone asks, "Do you Twitter?" How Not to Act Old gives you simple ways to come back from over the hill and to act as young as you look.
Covering everything from old-people entertainment (cancel that dinner party!) to old-people communication (it's called a "voice mail" not a "message" and no one leaves or listens to them anyway), Pamela Redmond Satran decodes the behaviors, viewpoints, and cultural touchstones that separate you from the hip young person you wish you still were. This irreverent guide is essential for anyone who doesn't want to embarrass their kids - or themselves.
I read about this book in the September issue of More magazine and thought it sounded like fun.
It's a quick read (I read it in a couple hours this evening). Alas, I'm guilty of so much! Ha!
Here are seven examples ...
- Unstrap the Rolex - The young don't wear a watch because they can get the time on their cell phone.
- Don't leave a message - Young people figure the other person will see their number in missed calls and reach out if they want or need to talk.
- Don't spout any history - If it happened before 2001, who cares?
- Don't block the aisle in the grocery story.
- Don't fear the wax - Waxing "down there" is one of the major differences between younger and older women.
- Don't yell into your cell.
- Don't cook a roast - Apparently no one under the age of 40 knows how to roast meat and they don't want to know.