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Are You Friends With Family Members on Facebook?

Forget just dealing with your mom becoming a Facebook junkie; more and more, older people are joining the social network, and of course, they're our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, etc. I don't do too much these days that I'm embarrassed about, but it still gives me pause, posting things I'd want my friends to see and then remembering that I've friended my octogenarian aunt. I'm even a little weirded out being friends with my younger sister — but that's mostly because I don't want to know everything she does!

Still I'll add family members if they send me a request, but I don't know that I would have five years ago. What about you, are you friends with your family on Facebook?


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shannonkay shannonkay 8 years
There was one weekend when suddenly my parents and aunts and uncles were suddenly all on facebook! I blame my uncle for starting it. It's good though, I recently got married so it's actually pretty nice that they are seeing my updates and shared pictures and video.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
I even have an application on my page called "We're Related"
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I'm friends with my mum and sister on facebook. My mum never logs in and my sister doesn't care what I do. :)
kizzmeistah kizzmeistah 8 years
i am only friends with my sister in law who almost never checks her facebbook :(
gbychan gbychan 8 years
Yes, I have my immediate, some extended, and even some distant family members linked to me on FB. It's a great way to keep up with everyone! :D
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I was with my brother until we stopped speaking and started to use my FB as a way to kee tabs on me. My sister isn't on there but if she was I would be her "friend." Ha.
meah8 meah8 8 years
I just use the privacy controls for keeping snoopers out of my fun people I work with and certain relatives...seems to work for me...
silverwyd silverwyd 8 years
I personally don't have much to hide. My family knows who I am and how I live my life so adding them to facebook isn't a problem. My mom, dad, sister, GRANDMOTHER, aunts, uncles- they all have facebook and can see all my pictures, relationships, etc. What are they going to do? Disown me for playing flip cup? haha
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
yay platinum :DD
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i've got alot of relatives overseas and fb is our main form of contact other than the occassional skype or ym my mum and brother have fb too. but my mum is fairly clueless about technology so i'm pretty safe. though i have a few uncles and aunts who are more savvy and they are on limited profiles and i have put them on a block list for the few photos i dont want them to find out about or notes. im more wary of what i put on my status updates too
khayraB khayraB 8 years
I like the idea of transparency seeping into every aspect of my life. It separates the cautious "oh, people will know" bunch from the genuine "I'm doing it because I enjoy it and don't care what you think" bunch. Not that it's GOOD to be so open with family, but I think my point's clear. The older members of my family write "dear blah," at the beginning of their wall posts, too. It's so cute!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I have more family members as friends in Myspace and Facebook is more of my college friends site..but i do have a few family "friends" in facebook too but they are relatives that i don;t get to see very often since they live in the other side of the country so it is a nice way to keep in touch.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
@TidalWave - yes, I use Facebook's privacy settings to their fullest extent. I'm not searchable, and my limited profile settings are picture & some basic info. I'm difficult to find ;) Even with the settings, I *still* don't feel safe right now friending my immediate family [mostly because I have to see them all day every day].
wrotten wrotten 8 years
I have family members who are adding me up the wazoo nowadays... I just change up my privacy settings and keep certain things hidden from them.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
Thinking about it more... I refuse to help my husband set up a FB account because I don't want to be his friend. LOL Since I work at home, FB is like my "work" friends. ;)
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