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Teens on Facebook GOL (grumble out loud) as Mothers Become Friends

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Thursday, August 26, 2010

Teens on Facebook GOL (grumble out loud) as Mothers Become Friends

Mothers have found a even better way to humiliate their children than showing baby pictures: becoming a friend on Facebook.

Like the cyber version of being picked up in an uncool car, teens are now mortified by nagging chats and clueless comments left by their mothers on their online profiles.

Mothers tend to use Facebook "as a way to reattach the umbilical cord...But then they nag and get offended if they feel neglected." said Erika Brooks Adickman, 28, who with friend Jeanne Leitenberg, 27, launched a site last year called "Oh Crap! My Parents Joined Facebook."

Nearly a third of Facebook teens are ready to unfriend their parents on the social networking site and are twice as likely to want to avoid Mom as Dad, according to an AOL study released Tuesday.

Youngsters are blanketing the Web with protests. Scores of complaints about mothers posting annoying messages and embarrassing photos have been posted on Twitter.

More than three-fourths of parents on Facebook are connected to their children's profiles, according to the report from AOL.

Source: Los Angeles Times