Sur­vey: Grand­par­ents may get un­friended on Face­book

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS - By Reg­is­ter Staff

A new na­tional sur­vey of mil­len­nial grand­chil­dren has found cer­tain rules grand­par­ents should abide by on so­cial me­dia.

Com­mis­sioned by Vis­it­ing An­gels, the sur­vey of 500 grand­chil­dren, aged 18 to 34, re­vealed that while 89 per­cent of grand­chil­dren en­joy hav­ing their grand­par­ents on Face­book, ap­prox­i­mately one out of three some­times want to “un­friend” their grand­par­ents and more than half, 54 per­cent, wish some­one would show their grand­par­ents how to ap­pro­pri­ately use so­cial me­dia.

The top five Face­book “no-nos” for grand­par­ents in­clude:

Post Per­sonal Stuff

• One in four re­spon­dents say their grand­par­ents post too much in­for­ma­tion about their love and so­cial life.

• More than one-third say their grand­par­ents post dirty laun­dry about fam­ily feuds or fi­nances.

Rant and Rave

• One out of five grand­chil­dren said their grand­par­ents can go “emoji crazy” in com­ments or posts.

• Thirty-three per­cent of re­spon­dents say they don’t like when their grand­par­ents get too po­lit­i­cal or post too much about re­li­gion.

Tread on Per­sonal Turf

• One in four re­spon­dents say it’s not cool when their grand­par­ents tries to friend their friends.

• Thirty per­cent of grand­chil­dren say it’s em­bar­rass­ing when their grand­par­ents post per­sonal com­ments in pub­lic places like their time­line.

• Half of those sur­veyed say they don’t want their grand­par­ents com­ment­ing on their so­cial life.

• Al­most one in four grand­chil­dren said their grand­par­ents should not com­ment about their ap­pear­ance.

Spread Doom, Gloom and Guilt

• Twenty-five per­cent of grand­chil­dren say they do not like to see grand­par­ents post that they are lonely, un­happy, sick or sad.

• One out of five re­spon­dents say they don’t like to see com­ments about grand­par­ent’s health, med­i­cal issues or pro­ce­dures.

• One in four grand­chil­dren say they feel guilty when grandma posts “Why don’t you visit or call more?”

Try to Act Cool

• Twenty-two per­cent say it’s not cool when their grand­par­ents try to act cool with one re­spon­dent men­tion­ing he wants to hide when his grand­par­ents “COM­MENT IN ALL CAPS.”

De­spite all of the faux pas, 64 per­cent said they still love their grand­par­ents, and it is nice to see their pho­tos and share theirs with them.

“It’s no sur­prise the sur­vey re­veals grand­chil­dren love their grand­par­ents and they are a bit sen­si­tive about what Grandma or Grandpa might post or see on Face­book. These are, after all, some of the most im­por­tant peo­ple in their lives,” said Larry Meigs, CEO of Vis­it­ing An­gels.

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