Study: Parents are Facebook Lurkers [Infographic]


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According to a recent survey of parents using social media, 55% say they’re only on Facebook and Twitter to monitor their children’s online activities, with another 5% admitting they’d do the same–if they knew how.

Eleven percent of parents polled set up their Facebook accounts purely to “snoop” on Jim and Jane, 15-percent have tried to Friend their children (Thanks Mom), with 4-percent of those requests being rejected. Not surprisingly, 13-percent have resorted to logging onto friends accounts in order to check up on their children.

When asked to explain their behavior, 36-percent blamed their “overprotective” parental instincts, where as 14-percent said they were just being “nosey”. A sad 24-percent confessed that Facebook was the only way they could find out what their sons and daughters were up to, while 6-percent found that the social networking site allowed them to avoid having “awkward conversations” with their offspring.

The last statistic is perhaps the most revealing and unfortunate; as much as I’d have hated my Mom friending me on Facebook while I was still in high school, I’d hate even more to have a Mom who stalked me online to avoid talking to me.

[laptopmag via G.TDW]







8 Responses to Study: Parents are Facebook Lurkers [Infographic]

  1. It's not all bad. I've friended my two oldest sons. One's on tour and the other's in Korea. Watching their facebook activity saves them the trouble of writing me a special email to tell me what they've been doing.

  2. My Dad was the 14% that were just being nosey. He use to randomly google search my common online handle to see what I was up to. When I found out, I was pretty upset since I thought he didn't trust me. (I never did anything bad so there was no reason to go behind my back like that.) However, once I realized he's just a nosey kind of person, I forgave him.

    Also, as an adult, if I had a kid who was online a bunch… I'd totally be nosey like that too!! lol!

  3. So, apparently 100% of parents with a facebook or twitter *only* use it to monitor the activities of their pages? Whoever wrote the copy on this version of the article failed at data extrapolation.

    • No sir, you fail at reading graphs. it clearly states that in this study, 55% of parents with a facebook or twitter use it to spy on their children.

  4. Can I just say as a teenager (19), I think any parent who doesn't check their childs facebook is actually being somewhat irresponsible. I know, I know, privacy and all of that, but it's NOT private. If your child puts something inappropriate on that site, many people are going to see it.

    Maybe it's just the way I was raised… But that's my thought.

  5. Sorry to be a bit pedantic, but I don't think the statistic was that 55% were ONLY on facebook/twitter to monitor their children. I'm sure a large part of that 55% use fb/twitter as social tools for themselves as well.