In the beginning of September, NPR posted an article with the headline, "Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later." From the headline alone, it might be unclear what the story was about. However, some people made an assumption about its contents anyway.
On Twitter, many people took great offense to the headline about Baby Boomers needing to get off the couch. Many of these tweets were pro-Trump or anti-liberal. However, there was one major problem with this.
Still, the actual contents of the article didn't stop some people from making it political. It would appear that they got angry without bothering to read the article. And then they jumped to some wild conclusions.
What's even more odd is the headline didn't really contain any political language. It used the term "Baby Boomers," but never said anything about what political party those Baby Boomers might belong to. But, for whatever reason, a few people took it as an insult to Trump supporters.
This person used the headline as an opportunity to insult a generation other than Baby Boomers. "Millennials are lazy bastards; play with phone buttons and hate the USA!" might be the most stereotypical grumpy old man statement that's ever appeared on Twitter.
The way that a few people were turning a simple health article into a heated a political rant, it almost seems like they could be bots instead of actual people. It's really hard to say for sure. Fortunately, others on Twitter had more common sense.
Many articles are written in order to get people riled up about a controversial topic. However, saying that exercise is good is probably the least controversial statement of all time. And yet, some people still found it triggering.
One person shot back at the notion that Millennials are somehow exceedingly lazy. Don't Baby Boomers remember when the older generation accused THEM of being lazy? Sadly, some people fail to recognize that pattern.
Meanwhile, one person thought the entire NPR story might have been part of a grand conspiracy. When you think about it, Baby Boomers do have some pretty great couches. Maybe this person is actually onto something.
But if there's one lesson that every should learn from this, it's that you should always read an article before getting outraged by it. Whether the people who failed to do so in this instance will actually learn that lesson remains to be seen.