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Youths No Longer Predominant on MySpace

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the growing-up-fast dept.

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mikesd81 writes "The Associated Press is reporting on the rapid aging of MySpace. More than half of MySpace's users are now 35 or older. From the article: 'Just a year ago, teens under 18 made up about 25 percent of MySpace, the popular online hangout run by News Corp. That's now down to 12 percent in the comScore analysis released Thursday. By contrast, the 35-54 group at MySpace grew to 41 percent in August, from 32 percent a year earlier ... The study was based on comScore's regular panels for measuring Internet audiences, rather than MySpace's registration information, where users often lie about their age.'"

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The Truth (5, Funny)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336731)

More predators, less victims.

Re:The Truth (0)

xtracto (837672) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336789)

That was my first thought too, I guess those 35+ lusers joined in the look of the hollolita grail...

Now half of them have to pose as 13 yr olds and they can play happy forever afte

Re:The Truth (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336801)

> More predators, less victims.

Wait, are we talking Myspace here, or are we talking Congress?

Re:The Truth (5, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336829)

can't be Congress, they rotate in a fresh crop of nubile young pages every semester

Re:The Truth (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337591)

can't be Congress, they rotate in a fresh crop of nubile young pages every semester

I believe the correct spelling is "herd".

Re:The Truth (4, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337637)

Did you hear about the congressman who lost his bookmark?

He bent a page over.

Re:The Truth (4, Funny)

quanticle (843097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337671)

What's the difference between the Library of Congress and Congress?

The Library doesn't let you lick the pages.

Re:The Truth (2, Funny)

klenwell (960296) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336831)

More predators, less victims.

Or more sharks for myspace to wave at as it jumps over them -- depending on how you look at it.

Huh? (4, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336945)

Huh? Excuse me? Since where did 35+ become synonimous with paedophile?

It may be hard to comprehend for someone whose world revolves around a computer in a basement, but most humans are _social_ beings. Yes, I know, mind boggles. There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck. Like, you know, interacting with other 35+ people.

Re:Huh? (1, Insightful)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337007)

no, over 18 on myspace is synonymous with pedophile, I think they mean. 35+ > 18.

Re:Huh? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337065)

I'm 35 and social. I love the company of 13 year old boys.

Media Creates a StereoType (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337075)

Same reason one of the other posters in this thread made it sound like being in Congress is synomimous with paedophile. Because the media doesn't know how to report news anymore, and so instead they re-run the same stories over and over again until a stereotype is created against certain groups of people.

Re:Huh? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337139)

There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck

Agreed, only..... why myspace?

After all the "easy internet sex with young girls" type reporting in the big 3 media, the membership, and average age, of new users skyrocketed in myspace.

A lot are there for very valid reasons, a lot are there becasue they think they will be able to find some 16 year old girl to screw.

Also, there are few reason for these virtual communities. The whole point of them is to meet people you will never actually meet. Want some social interaction. Try striking up a conversation with somebody, that alwasy seesm to work well for me.

I'll give you one (5, Funny)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337511)

Also, there are few reason for these virtual communities. The whole point of them is to meet people you will never actually meet. Want some social interaction. Try striking up a conversation with somebody, that alwasy seesm to work well for me.


I'll give you a damn good reason to be on a virtual community (e.g., you're on Slashdot right now) instead of striking a conversation with your good neighbour Jack Random: common interests. E.g., I'd rather talk or read a post about computers, history, or cats, than listen to the local drone go on and on about football (soccer) and cars.

Frankly, most conversations born out of sheer geographical proximity are fucking boring. There's a whole class of topics that really interest noone that much, like sports or the weather, that exist only as the lowest common denominator for talks between perfect strangers. ("Say, it's cloudy today." Yes, I noticed it, I'm not fucking blind.)

And people who devote a disproportionate amount of their time just to stay on top of such common denominator topics. E.g., sports. There are plenty of people whose only real interest in sports and in following the prowess of a give team, whether they consciously realize it or not, is only really to seem to belong to the local group of Tom, Dick and Harry who seem interested in that team. Bonus points if it's just groupthink, and deep down inside, Tom, Dick and Harry aren't in it for any other reason either.

Me, I'd rather find someone and some topic more interesting than that. On the Internet if that's what it takes.

I'll give you a second one: to stay in touch with old pals. People occasionally do have to move.

Plus, it's not even something new, and you only need to look at history to see how bogus that argument is. The same could be said for snail mail letters, for example. Here, lemme rephrase it for you: "Also, there are few reason for these letters. The whole point of them is to meet people you will never actually meet. Want some social interaction. Try striking up a conversation with somebody, that alwasy seesm to work well for me."

And yet, ever since someone inventing writing on a stone or clay tablet, people have used them to communicate with other people, some they'll likely never meet in person. All sorts of people, including philosophers, novelists, playwrights, statesmen, etc, yes, have often enough preferred to spend an evening writing a letter to an old friend or to someone with similar interests, instead of just going out and striking a random conversation about the weather. For the most famous ones you can even go to the local book store or library and buy a a book or three with transcripts of their correspondence. Those alone would make a nice mountain of evidence that people occasionally do want to socialize with someone more interesting than the locally available Joe and Jane Random. Go figure.

Re:Huh? (1)

GmAz (916505) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337227)

The downside is can you believe the information that someone is putting up there. Perhaps some 16 year old girl likes older guys and makes it look like she is 28 or something. The person talking to this teen would look like a paedophile, but isn't. However, i also agree with you that people aren't going on there to be a paedophile. My wife (25 years old) has an account on a different site (www.xanga.com) which is just like myspace.com and she talks with friends and family that she actually knows. Not everyone on those sites go there to meet new people. Yes, a lot of them do, but not all.

Re:Huh? (2)

dlim (928138) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337253)

I'm not sure how much "interaction" actually occurs on myspace, but maybe that will be better with the "older" crowd. This pretty much nails the experience for me: http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive.php?s=1588 [dieselsweeties.com]

Kind of defensive, aren't you, (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337333)

you pedophile? :)

Re:Huh? (1)

mungtor (306258) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337461)

Wow... Maybe just a little *too* defensive there.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337601)

Like, you know, interacting with other 35+ people.

Yeah. Interacting. I get it.

Re:The Truth (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337121)

should they change their logo?

MySpace: A place for preds.

Re:The Truth (1)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337175)

Slashdot - News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

MySpace - Teens for Paedophiles, Stuff that gets you in trouble.

Re:The Truth (2, Informative)

TheAngryMob (49125) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337149)

More predators, less victims.



FEWER victims. Sorry, it's just so painful to read bad grammar.

Re:The Truth (0, Offtopic)

ultranova (717540) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337679)

FEWER victims. Sorry, it's just so painful to read bad grammar.

Daess fis kount ass tortire fen ?-)

Re:The Truth (4, Funny)

aleksiel (678251) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337179)

the statistics also reveal that an amazing 15% of myspace is apparently 69 years old.

Lies! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336739)

So its based off of some other system where users lie about their age rather then myspace's? Wonderful! It must be accurate then!

Or faking their age (0)

Janitha (817744) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336753)

That or the users are faking their age

Re:Or faking their age (1)

chroot_james (833654) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336777)

The study was based on comScore's regular panels for measuring Internet audiences, rather than MySpace's registration information, where users often lie about their age.

Re:Or faking their age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336779)

OH RLY

Re:Or faking their age (1)

jargon82 (996613) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336785)

"The study was based on comScore's regular panels for measuring Internet audiences, rather than MySpace's registration information, where users often lie about their age.'"
Or not?

Re:Or faking their age (4, Interesting)

dfghjk (711126) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336923)

It used to be that you had to say you were under 16 to make your page private. Now that you can control that separately, many people no longer need to pretend to be 14.

Re:Or faking their age (1)

truffle (37924) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337039)

But they will anyway

Re:Or faking their age (4, Insightful)

epiphani (254981) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336993)

Well, I think its quite possible that the raw uglyness of Myspace pages caught up with people.

I think I've been to myspace maybe half a dozen times in total. I find the layout of most pages visually offensive. Useless sensory overload.

Teens look for a community of their own. They find one, build it, make it good, then the corporations move in to make money off of it. That lasts for a while, then the corporations eventually destroy it. Good example: Rap. I could come up with more.

Re:Or faking their age (1)

nate nice (672391) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337533)

Yup.

What he said.

Re:Or faking their age (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337633)

Your description isn't quite accurate. They don't "find it and build it," someone else builds it and promotes it, they youth - often unable to distinguish between "youth style" and real autonomy - gather into it, and then get carted off like so much freight to corporation who market aggressively to them.

The problem is that they (the youth - and pretty much everyone else) still have a consumer mentality. They confuse synchrony of taste and style with community. At least the ones in it for the meat market could be said to be a little less deluded.

Moo (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336767)

"The Associated Press is reporting on the rapid aging of MySpace.

Video at 11.

fbi agents and congressfolk (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336769)

Suddenly there are fewer genuine teenagers in an online forum? It's obvious that the ranking scheme is now able to measure the age of FBI agents and Congressfolk more accurately.

Wow, run...now! (1)

smithbp (1002301) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336773)

The new statistics point to many new candidates for the Dateline specials on child predators! MySpace is a bad, bad, bad, bad, bad place according to the local newsman! This will just lead to more fear mongering on the nightly news. Anyone who listens to O & A will completely understand where this is coming from. "Are you normal? Find out at 11!"

proves the point..... (4, Funny)

flynt (248848) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336787)

Thus proving:

Myspace: For 14 year old girls and the 40 year old men that love them

(don't know where i heard this , so i don't take credit)

Re:proves the point..... (1)

mlk (18543) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336889)

Not any more, it is now
"For the 14(going on 40)year old shemen, and the 40 year old men that love them"

Re:proves the point..... (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337029)

Based on how people identify themselves on MySpace. In the current population 116 Million plus users world wide, only 600 or so identify themselves as girls 15 years old or younger. You would have better luck standing outside a middle school. Yes I have the data.

Re:proves the point..... (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337069)

and most of those girls are actually FBI agents....

Re:proves the point..... (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337053)

Holy cow, comment [slashdot.org] just the other day was meant to be funny, NOT true!

Life DOES imitate art!

Predator Heaven (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336791)

After all the negative news about MySpace, it probably attracted every predator on the Internet to this site...

SNL (1)

vistic (556838) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336795)

Did anyone else see that SNL sketch about teaching adults to use MySpace where the entire class except one mom was made up of pedophiles?

Re:SNL (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336913)

I did - and I thought it was hilarious. When anyone asks me why I don't have a mySpace page, I respond "because I'm not a 13 year old girl". (and for the record - I'm not a sexual predator either!)

Re:SNL (1)

Son.Of.Dad (1010199) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337223)

Obviously if you were a predator, and seeing how you've removed the other qualifier - you would have one.

Seriously... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336799)

Who CARES?

I'm 32 and still not on MySpace...Thank God!

Also, many of my friends are starting to delete their profiles...They are starting to realize it's uselessness and dangers....

Re:Seriously... (2, Insightful)

AsnFkr (545033) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336897)

They are starting to realize it's uselessness and dangers.

Comeon. Give me a break...as annoying as a lot of myspace users may be the service sure isn't useless, and it's only as dangerous as the user will allow it to be. It *is* a good way to stay in touch and find people you may have been friends wtih in the past but don't have any other means of communication between...and being in a band (I am) you cannot do *anything* anymore without a myspace account. It's very very handy to promote directly to people that want to know about you, provided you don't just blanket add everyone you can. Used correctly Myspace is a very good tool for a number of things.

Re:Seriously... (3, Insightful)

businessnerd (1009815) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337085)

I agree with the parent, but the idea of MySpace being a tool and not just the latest teen social fad goes much bigger than just being a band advertisement. Now we are seeing movies and TV shows using MySpace for marketing purposes as well. And these are not independent movies or public access shows either, these are Hollywood blockbusters and network television shows. Now I don't have a MySpace account and I am not familiar with their usage agreement (if there is one), but if I understand this correctly, these movies, bands, tv shows all have FREE webspace that is practically pre-designed (so very little effort goes into the creation) and they have a vast network of people to advertise to and also measure things like buzz and hype associated with the product. How soon until we start seeing other consumer products with their own MySpace pages? Anyone else want to be Microsoft Windows Vista's "friend"?

I'm doubt these statistics are correct... (2, Insightful)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336807)

I'm pretty sure the large number of teanie boppers that register as 99 years old to avoid stalkers, creeps, and weirdos may have thrown the statistics off just a little bit. And then you have the crowd that thinks it's funny to be "69" years old. Although, the article is correct when it states that the user base is getting older. I'm surprised to find out how many older coworkers have myspace accounts now. It's definately hitting critical mass as a cultural phenomenon.

Re:I'm doubt these statistics are correct... (4, Insightful)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336871)

A friend of mine is a comic book artist, and one night I was hanging around with some of his sequential art friends--ranging from underground comic artists to DC/Marvel artists who have drawn stuff you'd recognize--and almost all of them had myspace sites to connect with their fan bases.

Between that and movies (myspace.com/moviename), it's pretty amazing to see how that service has become mainstreamed and co-opted by the adult/business world.

Re:I'm doubt these statistics are correct... (2, Insightful)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337195)

Statistically: Females aged 69: 400 per million Females aged 99: 5600 per million

116 million MySpace accounts so far... (2, Insightful)

cirby (2599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337607)

There's not that many teenagers online in North America (sure, there's some from Europe and other places, but the vast majority are American and Canadian).

MySpace is GAY! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336811)

Lick my shaft.

Mod parent up!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336949)

And then lick both of our shafts.

A little closer to reality... (2, Insightful)

ack154 (591432) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336819)

Certainly if it were based off of current listed ages in Myspace, the vast majority of users would be 90-100 yrs old and closely followed by 14 and 15 yr olds*.

The former are usually the actual 14 and 15 yr olds, lying about their age to not have a private profile. And the later of the above are often the older audience lying about their age to HAVE a private profile. Many of which don't realize anyone can choose to be private now (previously only underage users).

Go figure.

* this does not include Music accounts - which are by default, over 100 yrs old.

Surprising... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336827)

That's pretty sad. I don't pay much attention to MySpace, but I would have thought adults would be in the minority.

Re:Surprising... (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337167)

What is sad about it? Are you scared that being online is no longer socially acceptable because more older folks are doing it?

because its so yesterday (4, Interesting)

grapeape (137008) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336843)

My daughter actually told me that mySpace is for "old people and loosers" I guess they have all moved on to a new site that is more of the same but fits this weeks definition of cool and edgy. Nothing new here, remember being in college when it was cool to like a band until other people did...then they were sell outs regardless of whether the music changed or not.

Re:because its so yesterday (3, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336969)

It's a fact: If you want your child to stay away from something, simply embrace it. Don't want them listening to rap, tell them you and all your friends love that new CD. Don't like the way they wear their clothes? Call them "G" and tell them they need to wear their pants down lower. Don't want them on MySpace? Tell them everyone at the office is doing it and you signed up, too. Ask them to be in your "family photo" to go ON MySpace.

Nothing freaks out a kid like thinking they might agree with their parents about what is cool.

Re:because its so yesterday (3, Insightful)

epiphani (254981) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337399)

Except your method just makes you into a looser and an ass in your childs' eyes.

Dont listen to this guy, your kids will see right through it. He is right in one respect though - teens want their own area in which to interact. You keep following them to all their places, whether online or in real life, and they'll keep looking for new places.

Re:because its so yesterday (3, Interesting)

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337481)

Yes, the segregation of the children from the traditional family unit is certainly one of the most valuable modern tools in the arsenal of the profit-minded corporation. It rather puts one in mind of lions hunting herds across the savannah - seperate the weak and young, then feed on them...

Re:because its so yesterday (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336989)

My daughter actually told me that mySpace is for "old people and loosers"...

Of course it is. Why do you think all the old people are there?

Re:because its so yesterday (5, Interesting)

nine-times (778537) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337271)

That was my first thought when I saw the headline. I don't really talk to teenagers these days, so I don't know about MySpace, but some time ago I read about somebody's "theory of cool" (I can't remember where) that seemed pretty accurate. The idea is that there are stages that pretty much everything "cool" goes through, and it went something like this:

  1. First it's underground. Practically nobody knows about it, but the people who know about it are the "cool kids".
  2. The other kids start finding out about it, and it becomes generally known as "cool". By this time, most of the "cool kids" have actually already moved on to something else
  3. It starts popping up in the mainstream, and then even the geeky kids know about it. The cool kids have already left, and most of the regular kids start leaving because the inclusion of geeky kids means it's not cool anymore.
  4. Finally, when it hasn't been cool for months, parents, and older people in general, start figuring it out. It might appeal to them, or it might not, but this is the stage where your Grandpa tries to rap because he thinks it's funny.
  5. Every now and then the whole things starts up again 10 or 20 years later when a new generation of cool kids take it up, and it becomes "retro".

I knew MySpace was heading in this direction, but there's one thing that might save it. Apparently it started out as a place for musicians and became a general social networking site, and as it has become less cool, it seems to be reverting to a place for musicians... And there it might continue to eek out enough profits to get by. But we all knew it wouldn't stay the cool place forever.

I've wondered, in fact, if this might become a new business model in the new internet economy. A "hit of the moment with planned obsolescence". It seems to me that everything cool dies off, and internet fads spike quickly and then degrade. The key might be that, instead of planning to continue growing at ridiculous speeds, these sites might figure out how to squeeze everything they can out of the spike, and then degrade gracefully, either without any great loss or, if they're lucky, to become a minor fixture on the net.

On the other hand, I guess there's no incentive to do that. From the point of view of the owners, it's better to sell during the spike for a ridiculously high price, and let someone else deal with trying to keep the growth rate up on the now "uncool" venture. First Napster, now MySpace, next up, YouTube.

This just in (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336847)

Myspace only used by old people in Korea....

bs (0, Troll)

sirdisc (988740) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336851)

i'd say this is complete and utter bullshit. I hope these sites like digg and mysapce die their internet deaths soon. It's almost time where the basic code for these types of sites will be freeware anyway.

Negative impact on site value (1)

onion2k (203094) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336865)

I imagine this is actually a bad thing for MySpace. Having 50 million unique hits from a single demographic such as teens is a huge deal. That'd be an amazing market penetration. Spread those 50 million out over a broader age range and, while you're getting the same number of eyeballs, your advertising target audience for any particular ad has shrunk considerably. After all, if 50% of the site is over 30 then 50% of the ad views of the latest pop sensation are going to be wasted on people who won't click.

From a business perspective I'd say this is damaging news.

Re:Negative impact on site value (1)

L0neW0lf (594121) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337189)

It may be a bad thing for MySpace...but if it's true, it sucks even more to be Rupert Murdoch. ;)

I think it's more accurate to say... (1)

Jeian (409916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336901)

... "less Myspace users are lying about their age".

What a double-standard (4, Insightful)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336941)

So, let me see if I understand the way this thread is running:

Kid's hanging out of MySpace are just being kids, but middle aged adults are predetors and/or lying about their age? is that about right?

What is this, the modern interpretation of "never trust anyone over 30 years old"? Some us "old timers" still enjoy meeting new people from time to time.

When I initially saw the article I thought, "cool, people my age, maybe I'll set up an account". This thread has been kinda depressing.

Maybe....just maybe...the notion of networking with people across the internet is becoming a more mainstream idea. This is kind of reminiscent of an old gopher site called "occ" which I used to use for job hunting. Nowadays, it's a web site called "Monster", and one of serveral such sites. Like many others, I maintain an online resume as a matter of course.

It could be that social networking sites are evolving to the same level.

Re:What a double-standard (0, Flamebait)

Cecil (37810) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337067)

Kid's hanging out of MySpace are just being kids, but middle aged adults are predetors and/or lying about their age? is that about right?

How do you explain the discrepancy between this data and the easily forged profile age? If myspace says they're mostly teens, and this survey with supposedly more accurate ages says that actually they're mostly 35, the only possible conclusion is that yes, the 35 year olds are lying about their age on their profiles to make themselves seem like teens.

Why would they do that?

Maybe....just maybe...the notion of networking with people across the internet is becoming a more mainstream idea.

Ok, so use something that isn't "Geocities For The 21st Century". Orkut's not perfect, but it's about a million times better than Myspace.

Re:What a double-standard (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337151)

"How do you explain the discrepancy between this data and the easily forged profile age? If myspace says they're mostly teens, and this survey with supposedly more accurate ages says that actually they're mostly 35, the only possible conclusion is that yes, the 35 year olds are lying about their age on their profiles to make themselves seem like teens.

Why would they do that?"

Although the article did say the people often "lie about their age" I didn't see you conclusion as to the actual spread in the article. Furthermore, elsewhere in this thread, it was pointed out that some people make themselves older to avoid predetors, younger because then think that gives them a private profile, or "69" because they think it's funny.

Where do you get your data and subsequent implied conclusion?

While it has a teeny-bopper reputation, (1)

B11 (894359) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336961)

in the right hands, i.e., that of adults, myspace is actually quite useful. At 26, I simply posted minimal information on my page, and I don't do the obnoxious, barf-all-over-the-screen personal page. But it is easy to keep in touch with old classmates, and friends in various parts of the country.

More males? (1)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336967)

I think it would be interesting to see the correlation between those "older" users and whether they are male or female. I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and guess the majority are in fact male. Whereas "younger" users are probably much more evenly split. Maybe more older men are now just realizing the 'benefits' of myspace. Creepy to ponder.

Re:More males? (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337423)

Based on how they identify themselves:

Original sign ups:
1.4% Male 35,50;
0.7% Female 35,50;

Resent sign ups:
6.5% Male 35,50
5.6% Female35,50

This explains a lot (0, Redundant)

tr0p (728557) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336983)

By contrast, the 35-54 group at MySpace grew to 41 percent in August, from 32 percent a year earlier ... The study was based on comScore's regular panels for measuring Internet audiences, rather than MySpace's registration information, where users often lie about their age.'

That's a lot of pedophiles.

I'd like to know how they measure age (5, Funny)

ENOENT (25325) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336985)

Supposedly, this company has some method of telling the age of a person based on their MySpace profile. I'm guessing it involves voodoo.

Or maybe they just assume that everyone who likes Norwegian black metal is 14 years old, everyone who likes Neil Diamond is 57, and everyone else is 39.

Re:I'd like to know how they measure age (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337089)

how ? via spying on you

http://www.google.com/search?q=marketscore+spyware [google.com]

how does comscore gather the data ? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16336991)


via spyware [google.com] of course

or as they call it researchware, just like HP board was researching its board members

That may kill it. (1)

joerdie (816174) | more than 7 years ago | (#16336997)

If the stats are any where near correct, the kids will go somewhere else. This will be the end of myspace as adults will just follow them to the next "hip" site.

myspace is not good (1)

steak (145650) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337041)

like my friend says, "myspace is for child predators and their prey."

Re:myspace is not good (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337619)

Statistics show that they will have better luck locating pray outside a middle school at a mall or bus stop.

No Good For Working Folks (2, Insightful)

emilyridesabmx (1009713) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337043)

I'm not sure why anyone over 35, or even over 25 for that matter would have a myspace page anymore, as nearly every employer, at least here in NYC will check your emaill adress for a myspace page. I understand that there is nothing inherently wrong with a page,there may be something on your page or a friends that an employer finds unavory. I have personally not hired someone because they mentioned using drugs on their page. Most employers are much more conservative than I am, especially the corps. Sad but true.

Re:No Good For Working Folks (1)

Firefly1 (251590) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337441)

I'm not sure why anyone over 35, or even over 25 for that matter would have a myspace page anymore, as nearly every employer, at least here in NYC will check your emaill adress for a myspace page.
This, of course, assumes the person in question has but one email address, or they mistakenly provided the 'honeypot' address (see: tip about having an email account solely for forum registrations and things which might draw junk mail)...

Water "Cool" er (2, Interesting)

6ame633k (921453) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337117)

My co-workers and I use MySpace to blow off steam and chat while at work (of course we work in technology, go figure). I think people like us get together in small groups, we are not interested in having 5,000 anonymous friends - it's more like we are hanging out at the water cooler, but with the guise of sitting at your computer and getting some work done.

This just in... (4, Funny)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337129)

Today, it was discovered Myspace seems to extend life! A recent study today found that there are at least 100,000 people on the site that are reportedly 99 years old. This number of older people seems to indicate that all the 99 year old people in the world are either using Myspace, or it is extending life to that age.

Tom had no comment other than to say that he's your friend.

10101 (0, Offtopic)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337165)

100110100010

I like it (1)

chr00t (966370) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337199)

I like myspace...Through it I have been in contact lost friends from hs, etc. I'm also in contact w/outta state family, etc.

That's just natural law (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337251)

First come the sheep, then come the wolves.

MyDot (1)

lpcustom (579886) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337259)

In other news, a staggering number of youths are members of slashdot.org...

Youths No Longer Predominant on MySpace (1)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337277)

It has to be at least 70% paedophiles by now.

Lying (1)

JebusIsLord (566856) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337299)

so, the original stats were scewed because all the 35+ year olds were pretending to be 16-year-old girls?

I guess this is good... it means there isn't actually a problem to worry about anymore.

News Corp is your friend (1)

dlim (928138) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337315)

Apparently, Rupert Murdoch has been sending out a lot of friend requests.

Over 35 crowd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337325)

The "Over 35 Crowd" included politicians desperately trying to win votes. [myspace.com]

Dear God! (5, Funny)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337331)

This can only mean one thing: MySpace users are aging at a faster rate than the rest of us.

We should look into this. Is there something about ugly HTML that increases the human rate of aging? This really demands further study.

anybody else? (1)

c0reboarder (885528) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337353)

anybody else want to beat this pedophile...err I mean dead horse?

It's refreshing.. (1)

RegalBegal (742288) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337363)

To see that all these older perverts can now be honest about their age on myspace and still get that killer myspace tang!

Old Age (5, Interesting)

Noexit (107629) | more than 7 years ago | (#16337535)

I guess I'm one of them. I put up a MySpace page a few months ago, trying to locate people for planning a 20th high school reunion. I've actually found more of my classmates at MySpace than at any other site on the 'net.

Although... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16337557)

...most of my Myspace "friends" put something ridiculous as their age, such as 99, or 76. The data is clearly flawed. There is no age verification system. Er... note that I am a minor.

-AC
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