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August 31, 2009 9:42 PM

Facebook, Creeping, Parents And The Future Of Online Social Networking's Growth

In early July, ReadWriteWeb reported that there were more grandparents on Facebook than high school student. What does that mean for the future growth of online social networks?

The good people at The Onion think that they know why there is an explosive growth in adults taking part in online platforms like Facebook and Twitter. With "back-to-school" on everybody's mind, we can expect to see another sudden surge in both growth and usage.

You can learn more in this video report (note: there is some "not safe for work" content here): Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids:


Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids

(hat tip: Mashable)

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Just a reader
    Just a reader

    Ah, the logical follow-up to their "Mom finds out about blog" article from about 6 years ago... http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30007.

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  • Posted by Donna Papacosta
    Mitch Joel

    Love it. As the parent of kids on Facebook, I am grateful that they have "friended" me for realsies. I have also learned the boundaries. For example, I avoid writing on their walls, or mentioning anything I see in their photos. ;-)

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  • Posted by Randy Zorn
    Mitch Joel

    haha funny video here

    My Mother is on Facebook, she became "addicted" just as my friends and I did while we were in college. I talk to her about it and she likes being connected and finding out about her kids lives. In a good way. She knows what gifts to buy and comments on our status. We are all adults so its cool.

    There are some creepy parents out there. I am sure some of the younger rebellious kids would hate there parents having access. Its up to each person to moderate what they show other people on the web. I have a close friend who filters all the parents and coworkers in a category where they cannot access certain things like photos and the wall.

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  • Posted by Carmen
    Mitch Joel

    That video was brilliant!
    I'm lucky that my parents actually use FB for their own social needs as opposed to stalking me.

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  • Posted by Dhruv Chhabra
    Mitch Joel

    Mitch Joel does a good job of writing about a topic which is quite relevant in today''s world. Though he doesn't write much in this blog post, he does provide links to articles that relate to this topic. He also has embedded an interesting video which talk about creeping parents who log on to social networking sites to keep a day-today track of their children's whereabouts.

    Its a good thing that older adults have started using social as a way to keep in touch with family members. But this video really freaks me out in a number of ways. First of all, the mother shown in this video wants to keep an hour-to-hour track of where his son is and what is he up to? Secondly, she uses swear words on twitter, just so her son would not suspect her true indentity and she could give him good advise.

    I think this is going a bit too far as far as using social media is concerned.

    Overall, a good topic which is sure to spur interest among readers from all spheres of life.

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    • Posted by Dhruv Chhabra
      Dhruv Chhabra

      Mitch Joel does a good job of writing about a topic which is quite relevant in today's world. Though he doesn't write much in this blog post, he does provide links to articles that relate to this topic. He also has embedded an interesting video which talks about creeping parents who log on to social networking sites to keep a day-to-day track of their children's whereabouts.

      It’s a good thing that older adults have started using social as a way to keep in touch with family members. But this video really freaks me out in a number of ways. First of all, the mother shown in this video wants to keep an hour-to-hour track of where his son is and what is he up to? Secondly, she uses swear words on twitter, just so her son would not suspect her true identity and she could give him some good advise.

      I think this is going a bit too far as far as using social media is concerned. I feel this is a sensitive topic which has both good and bad points of parents keeping an eye on their children. A boundary should be drawn where parents should give their children their space and should avoid prying.

      Overall, a good topic which is sure to spur interest among readers from all spheres of life.

      Reply
  • Posted by Rick
    Mitch Joel

    I am a bit new to the whole Facebook thing, so looking for an opion on what is and isn't acceptable. My question is this, is it acceptable for a parent to "creep" a daughers 16 year old exboyfriend? I asked my dauther and she thought it to be weird and unacceptable. I myself believe that it is unacceptable behavior,but with this being deemed as a social network , where are the lines drawn?

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