Over 75% of parents are online ‘friends’ with their kids according to a new AOL survey, a really encouraging stat, that seems to indicate parents have been listening to internet safety messaging and engaging in their teens online lives.
However, the study also found that nearly one third of teens on Facebook teens are mortified by nagging chats and clueless comments left by their parents on their online profiles that 30% would ‘unfriend’ them if they could. In fact, mothers are so uncool, the survey found that teens are more than twice as likely to want to dump mom vs. dad as a friend.
Ah the trials of childhood; some things never change.
Embarrassing parents may even be one of the causes of “Facebook fatigue.” Nearly 1 in 5 are losing interest in the site, according to a survey of teens conducted this spring by online gaming/fashion site Roiworld.
Statistics may help to paint a picture of the current scenario. Roiworld dubs this phenomenon as “Facebook Fatigue”!
- About 27% of teenagers, as per the survey, are simply bored with the constant and numerous notifications.
- 21% stopped using Facebook as their friends had stopped using it whereas a similar percentage confessed that they were simply exhausted with all the activity on Facebook.
- Users amounting to 20% refrain from using the website due to inconsequential advertisements.
- There was even a select 16%, according to the survey, who found quitting the better way out because their parents and elders seem to be taken by Facebook!
- 14% said there are just “too many adults and older people.”
Unlike the day’s of yore, when teens embarrassment was simply mumbled between friends, today’s youth have broader outlets for their pain – many turn to the internet to share and swap their “I can’t believe my parent did…” stories.
Enter sites like MyParentsJoinedFacebook who’s slogan is Family. Can’t Facebook with ’em, can’t unFriend ’em! where teens can share evidence of their parents cluelessness. The site receives at least 20 submissions a day.
Kids are also using ‘traditional’ websites like Twitter and YouTube to tell their tales of woe – type ‘my mom’s on Facebook’ for a whole listing of videos. There are even songs – at least two – both titled (see My Mom’s on Facebook and My Mom’s on Facebook) bemoaning the situation.
Perhaps with all the safety messaging about getting online with your kids, we need to begin teaching how to be a little less clueless online….or not. In the new over-sharing online environment, it’s actually good to know that parents can still embarrass their kids.