Culture

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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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Aug 2009 @ 7:37am

    There is a current TV add by, I think, Verizon that humorously plays off this very point; a mother who bugs her daughter with continual "I love you" posts on Facebook and a father who uses Twitter for everything, much to his son's annoyance.

    Frankly, I am waiting for Catherine Zeta-Jones to show up at my doorstep to give me a "digital makeover".

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