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by Mike Masnick


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parents, social networks, uncool



Are Parents Making Facebook Uncool?

from the it's-always-something dept

My parents recently joined Facebook (a few months after joining Twitter), and I actually thought that was pretty cool -- but I'm no longer at the age where everything my parents do embarrasses me. For kids who are at that point in their lives, having parents join Facebook is quite a conundrum. The latest study out of the UK is suggesting that, with parents suddenly joining Facebook en masse, it's becoming uncool for kids to be there. I have no idea how accurate the study is, but if it's true, it raises an interesting question: is there a way to avoid such an "uncoolness" factor as a site like Facebook expands? I would think that you'd need to build in certain features to separate out groups easily, so that you could quickly dunk parents into a certain bucket, and friends into a different one, to make sure that lives are "kept separate."

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    Blaise Alleyne (profile), 7 Aug 2009 @ 1:21am

    So True

    A few months back, my mom signed up for Facebook. She started to get the hang of it, and eventually tried to add my siblings as friends.

    She says to my 18-year-old sister, "will you be my friend on Facebook?" My sister says, "um... no." My mom: "why not??"

    She replies: "... you're too lame."

    Then, she turns to my 15-year-old brother: "will you be my friend on Facebook?"

    He responds: "I'm not on Facebook." (he is)

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