Facebook & Twitter Accept Grandparents As Friends

When social networking sites such as the mighty Facebook first launched, predominately the market was aimed at college students, things are now changing in a big way. News in today is that there has been a massive increase in the number of grandparents accessing the sites.

According to a new study courtesy of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, a total of 1,341 grandparents over 60 years of age and living in the UK responded to the research. Of this the results concluded that a fifth are happy to log onto sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Stats also showed that 70% had entered onto social networking sites within the last 12 months, this was purely taken up with no outside influences. Of this percentage, half had been talked into joining through younger family members. With over 700 million active users now registered to Facebook for example, its no surprise to hear that grandparents make up a percentage of this. An interesting finding was that in 2010, 70% of over 65’s had never been on the world wide web.

A key factor to joining as thenextweb.com stated, were those finding re-connection with old friends and acquaintances.

Are yourself a grandparent? What gave you the idea to join, was it through a family member? Which site do you prefer?