Age Is Just A Number

28 Jan

After reading three different opinions about the age of social media managers, I think I can take the stance and say I do not really agree with any of them, because they are either older criticizing the young generation, or younger and supporting the young generation. And while they are trying to persuade the reader into taking their stance, I think they are making themselves look ignorant and selfish.

However I want to specifically make mention about Catheryn Sloane’s notion of, “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25.”

This new-found idea of setting an exact age to a working position does not seem appropriate because it can be argued in both ways, for example at Marquette University, the social media outlets are run by a 30-year-old male, that coincides with Lauren Rothering’s post of “Why Millennial’s Should Handle Your Social Media.” He (the social media manager who is too old, according to Sloane) is creative, whether it’s his word choice or addition of links, the tweets always have people communicating with him. He’s obviously trustworthy, otherwise he would no longer be employed at Marquette University and lastly his tweets do not appear as news on my feed, but more of a relaxed communication between a professional university and a young student.

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One the other hand, while they say 25 is the specific age cut off for social media managers, what is the age cut off for CEO’s or presidents of companies? This little thing called Facebook, created by a college dropout, was under the age of 25 when he built a billion dollar empire, but isn’t it usually said that CEO’s are the older and wiser people of the companies?

Although the authors of these social media blog posts did not take the best stance in persuading their readers, Sloane’s stance was not necessarily something I would agree on at all. Setting a specific age for any position is senseless because “we” are getting shown daily how specific individuals are breaking these work position norms.