Survey: 30% of Teens Are Ready To “Unfriend” Parents

The other day my wife had an interesting conversation with one of our teenage boys that went something like this:

Wife: I’m going to put that cute picture of you on Facebook.
Son: Better not. Quit embarrassing me.
Wife: I can if I want.
Son: If you do, I’ll “unfriend” you.
Wife: You wouldn’t dare.
Son: Try me.

“Unfriend” your own mom? (Chances are, I’m next.) After all his parents have done for him? Ungrateful little….! ¬† Apparently we’re not the only parents whose broken hearts are being stomped on. A new survey from AOL and Nielsen found that nearly 30% of teenagers are ready to “unfriend” their parents given the choice, and are twice as likely to want to “unfriend” mom versus dad (that makes me feel a little better). Don’t they know the favorite comeback by parents (thanks to Bill Cosby)? “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

Here are a few of the survey’s findings:

  • 76% of parents with kids on Facebook claim to have “friended” their teens.
  • 54% of the children don’t personally know all of their friends on FB.
  • 29% of teenagers are ready to “unfriend” their parents.
  • 16% of teens say they’re leaving FB now that their parents have joined.
  • 14% of teens say there are just “too many adults and older people” on FB. ¬†

As I’m writing this, we’re still “friends” with all of our boys. That may change though after sharing this “cute” picture of them. ¬†Embarrassing? Probably. But I’m willing to take the chance. Isn’t that what parents are for?

One Comment on “Survey: 30% of Teens Are Ready To “Unfriend” Parents

  1. Oh boy, what a challenge for grandparents to get “unfriended” by their grandchildren! Perhaps it’s already happened! Those that do, must have something they are ashamed of. No problem! I could find an earlier picture of the above boys that would be great on Facebook. I already had a cute, curly-headed picture of someone else I know! As for Facebook being JUST for the young—-I would challenge that statement. Here’s for more baby pictures! Hurray for Cosby!

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