Teens think twice as parents sign-up for Facebook
recent survey conducted by Nielsen for AOL found that over 70% of
parents with kids on Facebook claim to have “friended” them. At first
glance, this sounds highly unlikely. What self-respecting teen would
dream of including their parents in their most sacred online lives?
it turns out that the survey was conducted among younger teens, 13 –
17-year-olds that presumably agreed to parental “friending” in order to
open a Facebook account in the first place.
What’s more, it seems
that the relationship is far from an easy one: one-third of parents
worry that they aren’t seeing everything that their kids are up to
online; while 29% of teens would unfriend their parents if they could.
teens are twice as likely to want to unfriend mom versus dad. It
appears that mom can’t stop herself from posting intrusive and often
embarrassing comments on her child’s page. “Dad thinks you look like Cher – please change your photo” was one such comment reported by a despairing 16-year-old.
join out of the mentality that they're the cool mom, and they just want
to be part of the gang,” says Jeanne Leitenberg, 27, co-founder of web
site My Parents Joined Facebook. “They don't realize how horrifying or how intrusive they actually are.”
increasing adult presence may be resulting in “Facebook fatigue” among
some teens. A earlier survey by Roiworld suggested that 1 in 5 teens are
losing interest in social networking with nearly one-third of those
blaming their parents and “too many adults and older people.”