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Nearly Half of Parents on Facebook Are Friends With Their Kids

Are You Friends With Your Parents on Facebook?

We've heard our share of funny family tech stories, and most recently a majority of them have been focused on Facebook. Dads tagging without discretion, sappy messages from mom on our walls . . . you know how it goes. Facebook isn't just a place for friends anymore — it's a place for family too. So it didn't surprise me that a recent study by Retrevo says that half of all parents friend their teenage kids on Facebook.

Almost half of my immediate family has moved over to the social networking site from MySpace (don't even get me started on how that happened), so for me, Facebook is the virtual hub that keeps my family conversing. But if I were 16? Well, let's just say I don't think I would be so open to the idea. What about you — are you friends with your parents on Facebook or do you keep it strictly for friends?

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bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 7 years
Not only am I friends with both parents on facebook, I also had to help them set up their pages. I think my mom uses hers more than I do! I've got aunts, uncles, cousins and even a grandfather on facebook, although I think the latter has has since forgotten how to use it. My mom and I play Scrabble on facebook a lot, and the family doesn't embarrass me too much. I did hide a few photos (college parties, you know...) from my family & coworkers groups, and if I post something I think might bother my somewhat-conservative family, I make use of the facebook privacy settings. I like how they added that feature to every item you post.
ewashi3 ewashi3 7 years
Lol, I'm friends with my parents too. My dad wrote on my wall the other day, which brewed an interesting mix of horror and shock [head in hands]. I've been looking for the "limited profile" for DAYS. I don't want them to see my photos or be able to write on my wall. If anyone knows where it is, message me!!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Yes, I'm friends with BOTH of my parents on Facebook. And both of my grandmothers. And numerous aunts and cousins. Ha! I don't even bother restricting my pictures or anything. I'm 21 so it's not like they can get mad at me for drinking (they didn't care much even before I was 21!) and there's honestly nothing too appalling. Funny story, though, I have this picture posted of two of my friends being ridiculous (nothing terrible just like really excited and obviously drunk) and then this other kid sticking his hand in front of the camera, flipping the bird, and my mom commented on the picture: "nice!!!" LOL it was so funny to me.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
My mom is, I even have her as a 'top friend', or whatever its called when you select your people always visible. Love my mom.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
My parents aren't on there, thankfully. Some relatives and friends of my parents are, though, but they're on my eternal ignore list, so they (hopefully) can't see any of my status updates. How annoying, having to watch out for that. But then again, at least this way, I won't post any pictures I'll regret posting later.
gd101 gd101 7 years
My parents don't do facebook, thank god! But my facebook bff's dad has one and he scolded her for cursing.... now you know how the drama begins....
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
I'm friends with some of my family. My parents, brother, mother in-law, aunts and a few other in-laws. I feel guilty deleting them but sometimes it would be better if they weren't on there.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I have actually been holding a facebook friend request from my mom in my in box for the last 5 months. I feel way to guilty to deny her, but there is no way I want to have to explain some of the things I post. Not that they are bad, but most of the time they are semi inside jokes and she would be constantly asking me to explain them.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I'm friends with both of my parents on facebook, as well as a few other family members.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Yeah! An option I can finally fill in!!
chequettex chequettex 7 years
My mom is on Facebook, and I'm friends with her, but my dad's not on... yet. Of course, I'm 30, so it's not a big deal. Plus, I don't "do" a whole lot on Facebook - I keep most things pretty private. My mom loves being able to look at and share all the family photos and she likes the quizzes and things. But she knows that if she really wants to get ahold of me, it's better to call. :P I'm also friends with much of my family on Facebook - it's a great way to keep in touch with cousins I rarely get to see in person because of distance, but sometimes I wonder, does Aunt So-&-So know her 16-year-old daughter is _______ ??
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I am friends with both my mom and my in-laws, and it's not really a problem except that I sometimes have to censor myself to avoid drama with the MIL.
lawchic10 lawchic10 7 years
I'm friends with my mom on facebook, but she's on my "family" list so I can control what is seen/shared. I don't have anything posted I wouldn't mind her seeing (or my great grandmother seeing for that matter), but I don't want to have to police what my friends do.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
my parents aren't on it either, and don't plan on being on it (we've talked about it and under no uncertain terms, my siblings and i have said no deal) but i'm friends with my mother-in-law...she's pretty cool though
kismekate kismekate 7 years
My parents aren't on facebook, thank god.
SFCA SFCA 7 years
I'm not friends with my mom just yet; however, she sent me a message on Facebook, "I didn't know you were on Facebook."! haha
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