She was #ChicksOnFire before it was cool. Image: Lipstickalley

She was #ChicksOnFire before it was cool. Image: Lipstickalley

Congratulations, you are a distinguished sneakerhead. What that means is that you have been in the game for quite some time now and you have earned quite the following both in real life and social media circles. You have the reputation of being a bastion of knowledge and heat that people actually turn to you for advice. So what are you going to do with it? Are you going to be help the next generation become less stupid than you were when you were that same age or are you going to hoard all that knowledge for yourself because you think it belongs to you and only you? Well, if you picked the latter you shouldn’t be reading this (and you’re the part of the problem), but if you want to be the former and actually be respected in the community, well then, read on.

10. Let the kids figure it out for themselves

Image: Associated Press

Image: Associated Press

Do you know how you sound like when you start saying things like “man, the game hasn’t been the same since all these kids showed up” or “kids just don’t know” in the comments? You sound like your parents all those years ago when they were saying the exact same things about you. Pick your battles wisely because kids are going to act dumb on the internet because they enjoy the anonymity and lack of consequence. Basically, don’t freak out over every silly thing you see online or in-person (that’s our job because pageviews). For the most part, kids grow out of it after a while or until they realize no one is laughing or getting mad at their stupid jokes and they move on. And if they don’t grow up? Well, that’s what the block button is for (yes, we use that quite liberally and yes, you should consider that a warning especially on Instagram).

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