It’s time to grow up

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at

Today I turn 26 and I am extremely proud to be a part of the younger generation. Depending on who you are, you might be shaking your head. We are criticized for A LOT of things but are not to blame for most.

For the past year, I have become very disappointed in what I see on social media, especially on Facebook. Mean, rude, ugly, hateful, one-sided posts and comments from everyone on my news feed. However, I hardly ever see anyone ages 13-30 on my Facebook posting these things. They do not want to be a part of a community that incites arguments, fear, lies and degrading posts and comments and personally neither do I.  I stay away from posting anything political, opinionated or even factual as much as possible because no matter if I am right, someone is always quick to knee-jerk react with a rude comment on how I’m wrong.

If it weren’t for my job at the Pleasanton Express, I would not have Facebook, or I’d only keep my close friends and family on it. Since I started three years ago, I have only commented twice on two posts in an attempt to state or verify facts. In response, I was shut down and told I was wrong or otherwise I did not understand. So many people simply do not take the time to think and understand. Being in the newspaper industry, it especially irks me when people simply read a headline and make assumptions rather than click on the link and read the ENTIRE article.

I am proud to work for the Pleasanton Express and proud of our staff for reporting facts. We do our best 24/7 to verify information and get it out to you as quickly as we can. I am even more proud when my coworkers stand up for what they believe in. While age varies amongst us, they are a prime example of how kind-hearted, understanding and loving people can be.

In carrying on with my theme for this month of love and celebration, I want to recognize my fellow Millennials and Gen Zers, specifically ages 13-30. Thank you for showing so much love, support and appreciation on your profiles. Above all else, thank you for standing up for what you believe in. Only by spreading this love can we hope for a better world without hate, lies or fear.

As for anyone reading this, I hope you decide to spread love everywhere you go, especially on social media. It’s time to grow up. And please … don’t be that person on Facebook.

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