Should Parents Join Facebook?
There’s an interesting column in the New York Times that documents a mother’s attempts to connect with her daughter by joining Facebook– which is where the daughter hangs-out.
Things don’t really go well, with the mother being shunned by here daughter and even experts telling her that she’s messing with her daughter’s head.
…Professor Wesch reminded me that what Facebookâ€™s younger users really are doing is exploring their identities, which they may not want to parade in front of their parents.
â€œCanâ€™t I explore my identity, too?â€ I asked. â€œWhy does everything fun have to be for them?â€
He pointed out that there are a number of other social networks â€” sober, grown-up places like Linkedin.com (for making business contacts) and Care2.com (for social activists) and Webbiographies.com (for amateur genealogists) â€” where I could cavort without offending my daughter.
At SMX Neil Patel suggested that the really “old” users of social networks were somewhere in their late 20’s!!!
For all of you who have kids on MySpace or Facebook, here’s a cartoon to brighten your day…