Thursday, June 23, 2011

Grandma and grandpa get their Facebook on

By Suzanne Choney

More than 20 percent of grandparents are using a social network, something you may already be aware of if grandma is Facebooking you daily with updates.a

A survey of 1,341 grandparents in the United Kingdom found that 68 percent of them joined a social network in just the last year.a

The survey was done by MyVoucherCodes, an online coupon site which specifically queried grandparents over age 60. The findings are in line with a recent study, "Generations 2010," by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in the U.S.a

As's Athima Chansanchai wrote about that report, "while the youngest generations are still more likely to use social network sites, the biggest burst of use has come from the oldest generation of moms and pops: those 74 and older, whose Farmville playing, Facebook commenting and tweeting has quadrupled since 2008, from 4 percent to 16 percent."a

Of those surveyed in the U.K., 71 percent say they are on Facebook, 34 percent on Twitter and 9 percent on LinkedIn.a

The main reason most joined a social network is because they were "encouraged by younger people in their families," The Telegraph noted. ".A quarter, however, said they wanted to ‘find old friends’ and a fifth said it was to ‘keep in touch with friends and family.’ "a

“I think it’s quite a common misconception nowadays that the over-60s aren’t as savvy as others when it comes to the Internet," MyVoucherCodes chairman Mark Pearson told the newspaper. "Anyone would love to see their grandparents online, although some grandchildren may want to censor what they say on site with this in mind.”a

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Facebook best at privacy, LinkedIn worst: ranking Your mom — and grandma — are probably on Facebook Internet not destroying society, Pew study shows

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