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Over-50s Invade the Social Networking Scene

CowboyNeal posted more than 6 years ago | from the old-folks-have-friends-too dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The Telegraph newspaper reports that over-50s are invading sites like Facebook and MySpace in massive numbers. A recent study showed that nearly one third of Facebook users are aged between 35 and 54, and that this group also made up 41 percent of MySpace users. "Because the mind of an over-50 is likely superior to that of a drink-addled undergrad, at first there was uncertainty about whether older users would find the Facebook-led social-networking phenomena attractive." Looks like dad just turned up to the party."

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All this makes me think of is... (4, Funny)

doyoulikeworms (1094003) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208809)

To Catch a Predator. [wikipedia.org]

Take a seat, right over there... (nt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208853)

nt

This is really sweet (-1, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209113)

No one can tell me that some 18 year old girl knows how to fuck as well as a well-experienced older lady. Bring those swinging ladies on, man!

Seriously though, older women can fuck the panties off stupid high school girls. And I'd buy that for a fucking dollar!

Re:This is really sweet (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209527)

Dude totally! I found that our from ya moms!!

Re:All this makes me think of is... (0, Offtopic)

moogs (1003361) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209463)

The invaders?

TAKE OFF EVERY ZIG

FOR GREAT JUSTICE

stupid lameness filter marked my post for YELLING like it's a bitch, so i'm going to fill up the rest of the space with smaller letters

waaaaaaa

fuck the world, my karma is bad already :P

we should kill them (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208817)

fucking parasites and their investment properties

I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208827)

I wish the Baby Boomers would just die.
What a worthless bunch of narcissistic pompous asses. God I can hardly wait until they die.
I really can't think of anything that the Baby Boomer's have gained control of that they have left better than they found it.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (4, Insightful)

mangu (126918) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209023)

I really can't think of anything that the Baby Boomer's have gained control of that they have left better than they found it.


The first two answers that came to my mind: the computer industry and the Cold War.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (2, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209145)

I'll give you two contra-answers: Political Correctness and the current Presidency.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (5, Insightful)

CoonAss56 (927862) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209275)

As a over 50 guy, I guess we will have to re-educate you as to how you received life. Since you are posting here you are probably a product-(as are most of the smart-assed comments here) of a boomer. We stopped the Vietnam War, gave women and minorities the same rights as everyone else, won the space race, gave you the ability to even post your snarky comments due to the fact that we pushed technology forward. These are just a few of the many things we have contributed to the greater good. Now please tell me what your chicken-shit generation have done except sit back on your ass and whine about how shitty every thing is. The difference between us and you is when we seen something that was wrong we DID something about it!

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (1, Flamebait)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209669)

And again, you limit yourself to what happened in your youth failing to understand that your useful lives were not limited in your twenties; but the problem is that you refuse to see how sick we are of listening to your pompous pontification and your refusal to see yourselves in the mirror.

My grandad was a much more interesting guy that you will ever be because he accepted his old age and he was a respected old man and also because his stories about the 2nd World War were always much more interesting to the endless "We stopped the Vietnam War, gave women and minorities the same rights as everyone else [and outsourced the economy so that you will never have the opportunity to live in the economic stability we enjoyed from our fathers]"

Asshole.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209833)

We stopped the Vietnam War,
No you didn't. You tried for seven years but it was the powers that be that finally pulled the plug (then tried to save face by blaming it on you).

gave women and minorities the same rights as everyone else,
No you didn't. It was Lyndon Baines Johnson and his Supreme Court appointees, such as Thurgood Marshall, who passed and enacted the laws. And they weren't quite baby boomers, now were they?

won the space race,
No you didn't. It was not-quite baby boomer engineers who did the lion's share of the work, mostly you got to see it on the teevee. And even then, the case can be made that the Space Race took the most expensive and disposable shortcut, thereby scuttling future platforms that would have created a more pervasive human presence in space today. All due to irrational fear - then it was the communists, now it's terrorism. You've never been able to erase the nuclear bomb drills in elementary school from your mind, have you?

gave you the ability to even post your snarky comments due to the fact that we pushed technology forward.
I'll lukewarmly grant you the fact that a microscopic minority of baby boomers have been visionaries, albeit some with monopolistic tendencies, giving us mediocre, vulnerable and crash-prone file-oriented software.

Humbly and with awe, I'll grant you Bob Dylan, whose messages (gospel?) you seem to have completely eradicated from your mind. Many baby boomers who get nostalgic when watching Forrest Gump think that the guy ranting and raving in Washington was Dylan, when actually it was Abbie Hoffman.

Now please tell me what your chicken-shit generation have done except sit back on your ass and whine about how shitty every thing is.
We tried in 2000 and 2004 to stop Baby Bush from being elected, but baby boomer mainstream media did a great job at disaffiliating a large percentage of the electorate. Add to that your resting on your laurels and adopting a "screw the community, I want less taxes", and you overwhelmed the common good.
We've protested en masse that the current scenario of globalization is nothing more than "What's good for McDonald's/Wall-Mart is good for the world", even as you are baffled and irritated by our outrage - "What are these spoiled brats complaining about? They're free (to choose from twenty different hamburger chains)! Get off my lawn!!!"

All of this may sound familiar, as it's almost the same as your indignation about the powers that be back in your promise-filled youthful heyday. But there is a striking, hypocritical stance that is new: you have hoarded a large slice of the economic pie, not giving the same opportunities to your youngers that your elders gave to you. You've made us work for peanuts, pontificating that flipping burgers is a great opportunity.

Also, you elected Reagan and Poppa Bush, yet nothing compares to Baby Bush (baby boomerism personified) and his dismal corporate policies, as well as stances towards science in general and global warming in particular. BTW, kids shoot each other in Columbine? Blame Marilyn Manson, panic and turn schools into preludes to Airstrip One (that's Mr George Orwell to you, buddy)!

Regarding the paleolithic sixties, we suspected that you had the power to transcend. It seems that you either didn't, or you blew it (to quote Easy Rider). Either way, the majority of the baby boomer generation has become The Great Disappointment. Your fears have made you selfishly irrational. We don't trust you, we don't believe you, we've tried to like you but you've made it soooo fucking difficult it's damn near out of reach.

Signed,
Proudly, cowardly anonymous.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (1, Flamebait)

CoonAss56 (927862) | more than 6 years ago | (#21210013)

I've NEVER voted for a Republican in my life, so you can't blame the Bushies or Reagans on me. When the Iran-Contra scandal came out that we were trading arms to terrorists in lieu of hostages I knew right then that the right-wingers had taken the Constitution and wiped their ass with it. It has been downhill since then.

Since your rant left out what has your generation done and only criticized mine, I'll give you another shot
.
Could it be the Media's-(all staffed by younger folks than me) love affair with all things trivial and not one bit news-worthy be the bane of so-called news? Look at all the talking heads-Ann Coulter ring a bell?

You tell me that we have the biggest slice of the pie-(and maybe we do) but we worked for it at those menial jobs also. Your generation seems to think that they should go right to the top with little on no work experience or life experience. And being young gives you no more insight and clear thinking. Remember we were ALL young once and thought the exact same things, nothing new there, Sparky.

As for Marilyn Manson, et al. we had Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath who our parents hated just as much, and they blamed all the terrible things on them also.

Please tell me who "the powers that be" that stopped the Vietnam War? Evidently it isn't you or you would have named them. Ever heard about the 1968 Democratic Chicago mess?

As for the paleolithic 60's in music will any of your fly-by-night wannabe bands ever last as long? Not a snowball's chance in hell. They are retreading the same stuff over and over trying to create something new-here's a news flash-it ain't happening Britney.

So take your thumb out of your mouth, and shut your mouth and DO SOMETHING with your life! Because actions speak louder than words. Buh-Bye young whippersnappers.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (2)

Monsterdog (985765) | more than 6 years ago | (#21210031)

...and then we elected Republicans left and right, rolled back those social an civil gains, and generally made a big stinky mess. We're more technologically advanced, but, frankly, it's the over-fifties that are shitting up the nest and setting a wonderful example for those following. Why should they care? They're inheriting a royally screwed world that has gret bread and circuses.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21210079)

Amen. I think what pisses these whinny self involved children off is that the population bulge is so big that we have and will continue to control the social and economic agenda.

I don't know about you but I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. Although what scares the hell out of me is that these are the people who will be running the world when we finally do get old.

Re:I wish the Baby Boomers would just die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209717)

So you want us all to die huh?

Okey dokey....You can pay your tuition, room and board and get a part time job for spending money. You may want to work more than part time if you want a social life or a car, and don't forget gas, repairs, and insurance.

You'll have to find a place to live when you aren't in school. We are dead and gone and so is the house and the lifestyle we have given you.

When you graduate you can get a job without any help from us. Then you can buy a house that is equal or better than the lifestyle we gave you. You can buy all of the furniture, appliances and buy your own tech toys and cars. Oh yes, don't forget health insurance, property taxes, Federal, State and local taxes. Then there are the day to day consumables like food, clothing, electric, heat, water, etc...

If you want a social life or vacations or hobbies as well you better get yourself a very good job.

Sorry we have been such a bother. We'll be going on our way now.

We need Logans Run (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208835)

Lets kill em all at 50 :-)

over 50 or over 35 (5, Informative)

mrvan (973822) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208837)

So are they 'over 50's' or are they 'between 35 and 54'? I know that from the perspective of a teenager it all classifies as "really old", but some of us make more subtle distinctions...

Re:over 50 or over 35 (5, Funny)

paedobear (808689) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208869)

From the perspective of a typical Daily Telegraph reader, they're all "youngsters", so there's no point in making a distinction.

The question is (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208887)

Will it take them less than 4 days to find the email addresses of old friends and then realise that the rest of the site is pointless crap, and that they can't remove their profiles?

Re:The question is (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209589)

My question is, when will they change the name from "facebook" to "facelift"?
 
CAPTCHA: ambled

Re:The question is (1)

rvw (755107) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209693)

My question is, when will they change the name from "facebook" to "facelift"?
Maybe when you need one?

Age bias ... (2, Interesting)

foobsr (693224) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208889)

Headline: Over-50s Invade the Social Networking Scene
Then: one third of Facebook users are aged between 35 and 54

Gives some evidence that you may well feel like 50 if you are 35 (especially if you are looking for a job in Germany). Luckily, this does not apply to me, being well over 50 and having 'retired from reality' (as someone mentioned here).

CC.

Re:Age bias ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209213)

and having 'retired from reality' (as someone mentioned here).
Were it shrooms, salvia or an ex-wife? :)

oh, dear (5, Insightful)

Elise DiPace (1153487) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208899)

"Because the mind of an over-50 is likely superior to that of a drink-addled undergrad, at first there was uncertainty about whether older users would find the Facebook-led social-networking phenomena attractive."

So the over-50's were never drink-addled undergrads? Does this mean I'm not going to make it to 50?

Re:oh, dear (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209025)

But is the mind of a port-swigging retired colonel or a substance-abusing 60-year-old ex-flower child any better than the finely-honed mind of a 22-year-old clean-living high achiever?

I think we should be told.....

Re:oh, dear (2, Interesting)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209287)

Most of the over 50's I know - and that's quite a few as I'm 54 - are still drinking and smoking just as much as we used to in our undergrad days. I'd strongly disagree with the very ageist statment that my mind is 'superior' to a younger person's - Ok, I've been rund the block a few more times and have a better degree from the 'University of Life' but superior - I wouldn't be that smug. Maybe this is why I don't buy the Torygraph.

Re:oh, dear (2, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209315)

Anyone who is posting on Slashdot in their 20s has no life.

Anyone who is posting on Slashdot in their 50s has had no life.

Re:oh, dear (4, Funny)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209337)

Actually we are living well and posting on Slashdot. WE have the time now.
The rest of you have to go to school or WORK. Shudder. And a Beer and Slashdot,
what could be better?

Don't say Camming Nude, that is SOOO CUSEEME ! Circa 1995.

Re:oh, dear (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209507)

Anyone who is posting on Slashdot in their 20s has no life. Anyone who is posting on Slashdot in their 50s has had no life.
Anyone in their 30s or 40s is raising kids / working too hard to have any life.

It's quite sad really, but most people don't have a life.

Re:oh, dear (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209681)

It sounds like your undergrad days weren't that exciting. I'm not quite 30 yet, and there's no way I could keep up with younger self(and I've started running since, so I'm actually in better physical condition now...)

Of course not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209441)

Couldn't afford it, not on a student grant.

(Strangely, now that there are no grants, and students have no income at all (UK, this is), they manage to drink more. Haven't quite understood that one.)

Re:Of course not (1)

paedobear (808689) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209497)

Perhaps they drink to try to forget the crushing burden of loans they'll be saddled with (Loans the boomers never had to face, of course)

Holy strawman (1)

Moderatbastard (808662) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209607)

So the over-50's were never drink-addled undergrads?
How do you interpret the excerpt you quoted as even implying that?

If it said that the arm of a shot-putter is likely stronger than that of a newborn infant - an exactly analogous situation - would you come out with some stupid comment that shot-putters can't ever have been children?

Informative my ass.

Re:oh, dear ... don't despair (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209843)

So the over-50's were never drink-addled undergrads? Does this mean I'm not going to make it to 50?

No, you'll just have a missing year [salon.com]. It will never have happened.

My mom's on myspace (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208917)

My mom's on myspace and its really embarrassing. [myspace.com] All my friends at school are saying how hot she is and its really disgusting. Can you please e-mail her and tell her to hop off because she's ruining her son's life? thx

Re:My mom's on myspace (5, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209521)

Can you please e-mail her and tell her to hop off because she's ruining her son's life? thx
On a slightly more serious note, it's sad how some people seem to think that their parents exist solely for their own benefit. I think most people will at at times be embarrassed by their parents. However one often sees someone basically demanding that their parent change his or her lifestyle to suit their child's insecurities, sense of propriety, feelings, etc, etc. Often the child is a fully fledged adult at the time.

It seems to be a general rule in society that parents must sacrifice themselves on an altar for their children. It seems that becoming anything less than a completely devoted man servant to your offspring is a moral wrong. I'm of the opinion that becoming a parent does not oblige you to devote 100% of your (free) time to your children, and that telling your clinging offspring every now and again to push off because you're busy with your own life, will be a benefit to them in the long run.

All that said, if my parents ever do get a social networking account, I will publicly disown them.

Not a welcomed step by younger people (1)

zukinux (1094199) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208921)

We do not want their spam in our boxes, hell, I wouldn't even join let's say my uncle as my "friend" in these sites.

Please do not invade our "privacy" (not really privacy though), and stay outside of our home-sites.

The math's not wrong! (3, Interesting)

xzaph (1157805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208929)

Apparently, the title was just based off the fact that the age range must have been in hexadecimal. Right? Yeah...

no, no, no (1)

rozz (766975) | more than 6 years ago | (#21208931)


actually all the over50 people are there to politely invite their nephews to logout.

"that's enough play for today johnny, come eat some, brush your teeth and go to sleep; damn computers."

Prediction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208955)

Because the mind of an over-50 is likely superior to that of a drink-addled undergrad
I predict a huge thread over this.

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Re:Prediction (2)

zoomshorts (137587) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209369)

Even IF we are stoned or drunk, WE grew up on what younger people take for granted.
We multitask well. I am currently enjoying retirement, moderating 2 video chat rooms,
Answering email, drinking a brew, posting on Slashdot and instant messageing to 3 people
at this very momment.

Also I am intermittently loading the dishwasher between sentences.

Re:Prediction (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209573)

Also I am intermittently loading the dishwasher between sentences.

Oh. And here I was, thinking you just fell asleep between sentences. My bad, sorry.

Opposite Predator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21208997)

People should pray on the elderly (best done with people slightly older). What you do is you pose as one of them, say you've only just hopped on the internet that your son bought you and ask for help. Over time gain their trust and friendship, and then once they genuinely care about you reveal you're actually a teenager. I did this a couple of years ago and the results were hilarious!

A dream come true... (4, Funny)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209003)

Previously, my desires to flame the dean of students, trick him into clicking a goatse link, and infect his computer with gay porn had all been sadly unfulfilled due to his troglodytic eschewing of modern technology.

But now that the elder generation is seeking parity with the younger, we can at last unveil the full weaponry of the internet.

Re:A dream come true... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209209)

From the silly adolescent jokes you suggest, it is you who has a long way to go to reach parity with us.

Don't flatter yourself into believing that you know more about technology and the Internet then the "elder generation".

Where do you think the technology and the Internet came from? It didn't magically fall out of the sky one day. It came from the work of the "elder generation" in the 60's, 70's and 80's when we were the age you are now.

 

Re:A dream come true... (-1, Flamebait)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209269)

Oh grandpa... Did someone let you out of the home again?

Do we need to tell the nurse that you've been misbehaving again? I know you don't want to be strapped to the bed again. We love you very much, but if you can't behave yourself, we really don't have any choice.

I'll call the nurse. Please stay with me until she comes.

Re:A dream come true... (1)

damaki (997243) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209479)

What!? Goatse came from 50+ years old people? Now that's a dirty picture...

Definitivly confirmed as true. (4, Funny)

HybridJeff (717521) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209013)

Coincidentally my Dad just signed up for Facebook last week (he's 58). So having noted that, I can now definitively say, without having actually read the article (because, really who does that?) and having examined exactly one piece of anecdotal evidence: the over 50 crown is definitely joining social networking sites in droves.

Re:Definitivly confirmed as true. (1)

Martian_Kyo (1161137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209533)

my mom's on the facebook as well, and couple of her friends (all over 50) the (potentially) strange thing here, is that I am not. I guess 50 year olds are more hip, then before....because if you're 50 now, you were 35 when the Internet became a hit, and 35 is not that old. What I am trying to say is that it's not that people who are older are starting to use Internet, it's more like people who have been using Internet (since it's popularization) are getting older, and yes that means YOU. YOU are getting older.

Recommendation, or condemnation? (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209019)

Because the mind of an over-50 is likely superior to that of a drink-addled undergrad, at first there was uncertainty about whether older users would find the Facebook-led social-networking phenomena attractive.

I've passed my [drink]-addled college years and haven't passed 50 yet, but I have to say, FP author, you've managed to write a summary that insults pretty much everybody! Kudos!

That said, clearly the presense of these older folks on the ego-aggregator networks demonstrates that some of them still do have drink-addled minds.



A recent study showed that nearly one third of Facebook users are aged between 35 and 54

Statistics abuse time - That also means that a third of facebook users have ages between 35 and 84! Quick, re-write the FP title, the Octogenarian Invasion has begun!

Re:Recommendation, or condemnation? (1)

ttown (669945) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209765)

A recent study showed that nearly one third of Facebook users are aged between 35 and 54 Statistics abuse time - That also means that a third of facebook users have ages between 35 and 84! Quick, re-write the FP title, the Octogenarian Invasion has begun!
...at least a third, as there might be users with an age between 54 and 84. I totally agree with the stats abuse, irritating to see this type of abuse to bend a story...

Which of course means.... (-1, Redundant)

ihatewinXP (638000) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209079)

Facebook is now dead for anyone who wants to have a semblance of cool.

Just like myspace and friendster before it.

Wise choice dropping 224 million on them, Microsoft - couldve just put something in AARP mailers and saved some money ;)

Re:Which of course means.... (1)

dotgain (630123) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209265)

couldve just put something in AARP mailers and saved some money ;)

Apple Address Resolution Protocol or American Association of Retired Persons?
(Unix System Administration Handbook)

Re:Which of course means.... (1)

ben0207 (845105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209929)

Thank fuck I'm not the only person who immediately thought the former, not the latter.

Great I'm in that demographic now (2, Funny)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209161)

Just turned 35 and now I'm lumped in with my dad (also on myspace along with my son).

Get off my Lawn!

Re:Great I'm in that demographic now (-1, Redundant)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209199)

That's ok. I'm not yet 35 but am trying to get "lumped in" with your mom. Is she on MySpace?

Facebook?

In Korea... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209235)

...only old people use facebook

Embarressing parents (3, Funny)

wodon (563966) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209239)

How long before we start seeing our parents posting embarrassing messages on our walls though?

"Hey son, those are some rad tunes on your interblog site! What's that? It's got a good beat!"

Thank god they can't dance online. (obligatory Mary Whitehouse experience reference)

In fact my mother just set up a facebook page, the horror.

Re:Embarressing parents (2, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209555)

Or you might find a note on your facebook page, telling you in no uncertain terms that Billy's mom doesn't want you to hang out on her son's page.

Re:Embarressing parents (1)

niktemadur (793971) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209985)

Which brings up the ultimate nightmare scenario, revenge for all the grief we've caused our poor, dear mothers. How about her picture blog with your baby Polaroids, including the full frontal nudity ones in the backyard Toys-R-Us inflatable swimming pool?

One of the first and most dangerous leaps in this direction was Apple's iWeb, which took the geek factor (read: intimidating) out of the picture.

So, lesson one for the time being: dissuade your mom from getting both a scanner and an iMac. If she's just a bit cleverer than you think she is (and she is), you may turn out to be one of the unlucky ones.

Is this new? (1)

sltd (1182933) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209285)

I've seen older people with Facebook all the time - my father's boss, my old Bishop... My Bio 100 teacher has a fan group, but that doesn't count... This is amusing, though, I must say. Absolutely great. Especially at 4 in the morning.

Old people party crazy too (1)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209299)

Old people can be serious drunks at parties and do wild, stupid, and crazy things. They can be needy, impulsive, and wanting popularity. The only difference between them and me is that I'm cool and they're not!.. and also i don't have kids or a mortgage or any real responsibilities other than myself.

silver surfers have a greater need (1)

Chief Wongoller (1081431) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209307)

Why the surprise? 'Silver Surfers' as the article describes these over 50 internet users, surely have more of a need to make new friends and less traditional opportunities than young people. It's precisly because dad can't 'turn up at the disco', that on-line socializing is more attractive. Over-fifties need to make new friends: as the article points out people lose around half of their social network when they retire. I retired at 50 and can vouch for this. Over-fifties also become widowed and divorced over-fifties are less likely to re-marry, so many end up being 'grumpy old men (and women).

Over 50 or Below 18? (1)

crf00 (1048098) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209381)

Facebook Terms and Conditions prohibits user registration of age under 18 Friendster prohibits user registration of age under 16 MySpace prohibits user registration of age under 14 I have seen alot of people including a 5 years old sister of my friend having a profile of age over 50.

Over 50 or Below 18? (1)

crf00 (1048098) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209387)

Facebook Terms and Conditions prohibits user registration of age under 18.

Friendster prohibits user registration of age under 16.
MySpace prohibits user registration of age under 14.

I have seen alot of people including a 5 years old sister of my friend having a profile of age over 50.

My Demographic (5, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209389)

Just because you're older doesn't mean you're a techno-moron. I'm in that demographic, and I even hang out with the Slashdot crowd once in a while and I, ah, what was the question? Why am I downstairs?

Not surprising (5, Insightful)

Edgyboy (1157885) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209461)

To me, this isn't surprising. .
.
Older people, like everyone else, have a need for social interaction. But as they grow older, they are less and less willing to go out and/or meet up in the traditional sense - bars, restaurants, etc. Soc. network are ideal for them - they are easy to use and through them, the older crowd can fulfill their basic human need without having to leave their home.

Anyway, if Facebook make just one mother stop complaining to her grown up children about not visiting - we should all rejoice!

Perverts!! (1)

ThirdPrize (938147) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209493)

they are all on there chatting to and "grooming" all those young 30 year olds. We should inform the police.

*Social* Networks?? (2, Insightful)

mrpacmanjel (38218) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209529)

Oh great!

I thought the whole point of "Social Networking" was to be socialiable??!!

One of the great aspects of the Internet was anyone could take part, no matter your race, religion, colour or *age* everyone is equal behind the keyboard.

After reading some of the negative comments on this thread it saddens me there are people who obviously find people of "a certain age" offensive.

Me? I am 37 years old and have no hang-ups or insecurites about my age at all (I never did)!

As this thread continues I am hoping many more positive posts will outweigh the negative comments I have seen so far otherwise I will have to re-consdider participating in Slashdot.

The funny thing it is *inevitable* *you* will reach this age one day...HaHaHa

Re:*Social* Networks?? (1)

$1uck (710826) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209727)

The funny thing it is *inevitable* *you* will reach this age one day...HaHaHa
Hopefully. There is another option one that most people would do just about anything to avoid. So yeah, if you're luck you *will* reach that age.

Re:*Social* Networks?? (2, Insightful)

MollyB (162595) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209807)

I was over fifty when I got my account on Slashdot, late last century. I've noticed a Peanut Gallery of snotty young pukes that are present in almost every discussion. So what? In spite of that, there is wheat in the chaff, but it takes patience to find it. I hope your comment:

As this thread continues I am hoping many more positive posts will outweigh the negative comments I have seen so far otherwise I will have to re-consider participating in Slashdot.
You, at 37, seem wise beyond your years, and I hope for the sake of like-minded Slashdotters that you stick around. Slashdot is the closest thing to social networking I'd ever consider. Who wants to hang around a bunch of self-absorbed misfits, anyway? </Irony>
BTW, your use of asterisks for stressed words takes me back to the halcyon days of text-only... Bravo!

Re:*Social* Networks?? (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21210023)

I thought the whole point of "Social Networking" was to be socialiable??!!
Nope, it's to inventionise new words.

Oblig. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21209599)

I for one welcome our new over 50's overlords.

First of all... (3, Funny)

voss (52565) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209619)

A 35 year old is not a baby boomer Anyone born in the 68-82 is generation X.

Which includes
Gwen Stefani
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore

This is not your moms generation this is your younger hot stepmoms generation ;-)

I use it for business (3, Interesting)

gelfling (6534) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209913)

I figure that's where all my customers are hanging out so why not be there. It has nothing to do with my social activity and everything to do with their social activity.

It was our party all along (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 6 years ago | (#21209935)

I've been using computer-based social networking since the 1980s, at that time on dial-up systems. Sure, now I'm over 50, but I haven't invaded anyone's party, all you young guns have joined in ours. And that's not an invasion: you're welcome (as long as you've brought a bottle).

Oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21210005)

Your mom's on facebook!

Juh-heez.
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