Sunday, June 26, 2011
Last week, Forbes published an interesting article on why Facebook's audience has been eroding: because teens don't want to be online friends with their parents, and have all their personal information served up nice and easy. Now Retrevo has published a study that shows that yes, parents really are using Facebook to keep track of their kids. The study found that 47 percent of parents with kids under 19 have used Facebook to learn more about their kid's friends.
Parents even use Facebook to check up on other parents. Up to 34 percent of parents with kids between 13 and 24 have used Facebook to check on their kid's friend's parents. They even use it to check up on their kid's dates.
The writing is on the wall, kids. If you want privacy, you'll need to leave Facebook and find a social network that's far harder to crack.