Maybe I’m just a grumpy old man.

Maybe I’m the classic example of someone who longs for the good old days as he grows older.

I remember when I was a teen my dad used to bemoan rock ’n’ roll. “How can you listen to that long-haired music?” he would ask.

I’m self-aware enough to realize that I might be falling prey to the oft-cited tendency to think things were better in days gone by.

Nonetheless, I am convinced that social media has led us astray and it will continue to get worse.

It’s not that I refuse to embrace the technology. I have a couple of Facebook pages – one for me and one for my band. I have an Instagram account and a couple of Twitter accounts – one for me and one for TU_editor.

I rarely post things on Facebook other than band bookings. I started my @TU_editor Twitter account in June 2011. I have tweeted 102 times.

Mainly, I just don’t like what technology in general – and social media specifically – does to people.

Remember when the creators of Facebook told us it would unite us?

That’s a joke.

It has divided us. People pick sides. They covey up with like-minded people and insult anyone who doesn’t fall in line.

I abhor what social media has done to the news business.

It’s the perfect platform for propaganda. People post things that are completely devoid of accuracy. These things get shared hundreds of thousands of times until they become “truth.”

Information – whether accurate or not – has become headline-driven. People only get part of the story and move on.

Him: “Hey, a kid got hit by a school bus in Cleveland!”

Me: “Did he die?”

Him: “I dunno, that’s all I saw.”

Something that happened years ago gets regurgitated on social media and suddenly millions of people are talking about it as if it is new.

And the bullying. The bullying is rampant.

Social media is slowly and surely dumbing us down.

But it’s even worse than that, and the people who run social media companies are willing to admit it.

Here’s what Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of business last year:

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. ... The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works.”

He said he felt “tremendous guilt” about his role in growing Facebook. He decried the “hearts, likes, and thumbs-up. ... No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem.”

He told, “Bad actors can now manipulate large swaths of people to do anything they want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.”

He says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children “aren’t allowed to use that sh**.”

How nice for his kids.

What about ours?

Ours are mind-numbingly addicted to their devices. The number of kids taking part in extracurricular activities is dropping. No time for chess club. No time for anything physical. Gotta get online.

Screentime is increasing, even as experts warn that it is linked to decreased cognition among kids.

And it’s not just kids.

Adults are spending more time staring at screens, too. They are becoming more sedentary and more depressed.

Life expectance in the U.S. has dropped for the last three years.

None of this can be considered positive, can it?

It’s not that I think all technology is bad. It certainly is useful to have a device in your pocket that has thousands of times the computing power of the most robust desktop computer of 20 years ago.

The soundboard I use for the band is in my iPad. So is the set list, complete with lyrics.

It’s nice to be able to get the answer to virtually any question within seconds.

At the same time, I think we need to be careful with things like robotics and artificial intelligence.

I was listening to the radio the other day and there was a story about Amazon’s warehouses.

Amazon’s website has these predictive algorithms that actually know what you’re going to buy before you buy it. The algorithm feeds data to robots in the warehouse which move those products to the front of the line to improve shipping times.

As cool as that is, it makes me wonder about the future of the American workforce.

And sometimes, in my humble view, technology has totally taken us in the wrong direction.

I pulled up to the pump at a  gas station the other day. I got out of the car and walked up to the card reader.

I swiped my debit card.

The screen asked if it was credit or debit.

I pushed debit.

The screen asked for my pin.

I entered my pin and pushed enter.

The screen asked if I had a rewards card.

I pushed no.

The screen asked if I wanted a car wash.

I pushed no.

The screen told me to remove the nozzle and select the grade.

I removed the nozzle and pushed 87 octane.

I stood there in the cold wind filling the car with gas.

When finished, I replaced the nozzle.

The card reader asked if I wanted a receipt.

I pushed yes.

I waited as my receipt was printed.

I took my receipt.

As I got back in the car, I couldn’t help but remember what it was like getting gas when I first started driving in 1974.

I would pull up to the pump in the gas station.

I would roll down the window and tell the attendant to “fill ’er up.”

I would roll the window up to keep out the cold.

As the car was filling, the attendant checked the oil and cleaned the windshield.

When the attendant finished, I would roll the window down and pay him with cash. He would snap my change out of one of those four-tube semi-automatic coin changers you wear on your belt.

Gas was 29 cents a gallon. (Adjusted for inflation, that’s $1.47 in 2017 dollars, by the way.)

Ah, the good ol’ days.