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Do Your Parents Have Online Profiles?

Yesterday the New York Times published a hilarious piece, "omg my mom joined facebook!!" written by a mother who (in a possible effort to seem hip and maybe even spy on her kids) joined Facebook, searched for her daughters and befriended all their friends.

Of course, once she became friends with the teens she was allowed access to their steamy profiles as well as the site's infamous news feed, which keeps you up to date when people in your network become friends, break up, go work out and so on. Clearly aware of this, the woman's daughter did not befriend her and even went so far to tell her - via instant messenger of course - "You won’t get away with this. Everyone in the whole world thinks its super creepy when adults have Facebooks.”

I am a firm believer that whoever wants to have an online presence or profile should do so no matter what your age, but I also think there should be a line drawn between being on a site like Facebook to spy on your kids or friends and being on there because you truly want to be a part of the community. This is not to say that parents can't get in on the joys of digital life and if I go by the teen girl's definition, I am probably considered one of those creepy adults online. I guess you just have to embrace it. I ran into an old friend the other day and asked about his dad, to which he said: "He's great. Check him out on Myspace, he just got back from vacation and uploaded some funny pictures." I thought about my mom's love for the Sugar Network and wasn't surprised one bit.

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Madinat Madinat 10 years
maybe i'm just old, i don't think it's creepy for adults to have facebook profiles. but then again, i was in the original TINY group of schools (colleges AND alumni) facebook was available too. i wanted to cry when they opened it up to *gasp* high-schoolers!! i felt like the party had been crashed, sigh.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 10 years
No. At least I certainly hope not! My parents are into computers, but I doubt they'd make profile pages for themselves.
krob krob 10 years
My dad is such a geek when it comes to computers.He has a myspace account to keep up with all us kids and god knows what else! He even listens to this British techno radio station online!
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
i think my dad got a blog so he could comment on my brother's blog since he's abroad./
alieapple alieapple 10 years
nope. my mum doesn't even understand msn messaging, and that's how i like it !
demeter demeter 10 years
My dad only ever really gets online to check out a few music sites and email my sister and I. Sometimes he'll get on MSN to talk to me. My mom is online almost as much as I am half the time! But she doesn't have a Myspace or Facebook or any other social networking profile. Thankfully.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
No, thank goodness.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
my mom has an online life but my dad has never used a computer. my mom emails me all the time and we mostly keep in touch online.
emmalou1 emmalou1 10 years
my parents both have an online life, but my mom moreso. she's maintains two blogs, contributes to another, and reads feeds regularly. she's up with the times, keeping up with the latest technology, sometimes even before me. she's fab like that.
yaelatner yaelatner 10 years
My mother is too cool for a facebook or myspace account. In 1999, when even I was still a little iffy on the computer, my mother managed to launch a website that was dedicated to her passion, vintage clothes. Eight years later she has a booming business found at and guess what, I work for her :)!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
My dad's cousin (my second cousin?) set up a myspace account so she could spy on her adult kids. She found out all sorts of wild stuff about her daughter. Her daughter turned the tables and made her profile private ;-) She talked my mom into going on there and searching for people and she came across my profile. Luckily I don't have anything on there as I don't use it. I don't think it matters how old you are, there is always stuff you don't really want your parents knowing ;-)
Tech Tech 10 years
ahahha you are so right Danni99, I totally agree. I think it's cute that your kid's grandma is tech savvy and into the web and online communities. It's obviously not an irregular thing.
Danni99 Danni99 10 years
My mom, in her 50s, is a techie gal. She even has a post grad degree in computers and works with them all day long. So not only do I (a mommy) have profiles on Facebook and Myspace, but my kid's grandma does too! The thing is, I've been on facebook for the original purpose, which is student to student networking at the collegiate level. So poop on any 15 year olds who want to gripe that "grown ups" use the net. I promise, my myspace is a hell of a lot less "creepy" than the pages of the oversexed predator bait some of those kids set themselves up to be. Seriously though, it cracks me up that every single generation of teens (yes, my gen included) is always convinced that they are SO much more wonderful/special/hot than the gen's before. Baby, we paved your way!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
i wnt to specify, the 13year old wanted a myspace, and she said fine, but I will get one too, and he thought that was okay, the kids mom doesn't care that her just turned 18 year old daughter has drinking pictures up, so i think it is more so if she sees something like a tendency towards violence or something like that.....not that this kid would..... oh, haha, i am 26, and when my dad got one i went ahead a deleted some of my blogs. I love that he son as we can send each other funny comments, but there was stuff i didn't want him to read. Teamsugar is my secret profile. I refuse to tell anyone, even my friends, my user name haha. for me and my sugar friends only!
simplystella simplystella 10 years
My mom, she has a blog. Well, actually she has TWO blogs! XD But not on MySpace/Facebook, and most of all they're not personal blogs. It's not like she has an online diary were she writes private stuff. They're more like.. online mags. She's a writer, and in her spare time she write articles for the web. Funny thing is, my mum knows how to use computer and internet way better then I do! As for CravinSugar sister in law.. I don't know. If I were 13een and if I found out my mum was secretly spying me on my blog.. I would feel kinda betrayed. It's never nice when you find out your parents mistrust you. Even when they're right! XD
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
The IT guy at work (older, fatherly, and in a totally different office) -- asked to be my Facebook friend. Yeah right!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
my dad got one cause he wanted one, but my boyfriends sister got one to keep an eye on her youngest sone who wanted one and was only 13. i don't thinkg there is anything wrong with it considering that minors are posting half nakey pcitures, etc. and with all the predadtors out there....but, if they do it without the kids knowledge that may be crossing the line, but if the child is under 18, so be it.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
my mom has a flickr account...but it doesn't really count because my sister set it up for her and I don't think she's even signed in since then
partysugar partysugar 10 years
My dad's on teamsugar and always leaves the most hysterical comments all over the sugar sites!
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
my dad is on facebook and myspace, but we don't look at each other's anything, it'd be too weird
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
Yes - I told my Dad to join up on myspace so we could correspond and keep up with each other since I don't get the chance ot go visit him as much as I like, and I am always on the computer at work. He hasn't added all my friends though - lol!
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