Your parents are only using Facebook to spy on you

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Remember back in 2005, when people were getting all worried about Facebook opening up to — horror of horrors — high-school students? Those were halcyon days, my friends, because back then your parents and your grandmother and your aunt Myra either had no idea what Facebook was or thought it was just a different word for MySpace. But now they are on Facebook, and they want to be your friend! But you have so many pictures of yourself doing Jell-O shots while dressed like a hooker witch! But surely they won't be looking for those, right?


According to a new survey by OnePoll, a whopping 55-percent of parents are using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to keep an eye on their children’s online activities; a further 5-percent said they would if they knew how.

Eleven percent of parents polled set up their Facebook accounts purely to “snoop” on Jim and Jane, 15-percent have tried to Friend their children (Thanks Mom), with 4-percent of those requests being rejected. Not surprisingly, 13-percent have resorted to logging onto friends accounts in order to check up on their children.

Thankfully, I have reached a place of uncomfortable openness with my parents, so nothing they can see on my Facebook will be very damning. But for the rest of you: be careful. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security just because your father still has an AOL account. He will be watching your wall.