…When Grandma joins Facebook? An interesting little article from CNN says that the fastest growing demographic on Facebook is women 55 years old and greater – a stunning 550% growth rate in just six months.
There are now about 1.5 million female users older than 55 on the site, the group says — roughly a 550 percent increase over six months ago. By comparison, membership among people younger than 25 grew by less than 20 percent over the same period, Inside Facebook says.
Facebook now says it has 200 million users, making its user base larger than the populations of all the world’s countries except China, India, the United States and Indonesia. Such a vast presence, coupled with news media buzz about all social media, has pushed online social networking to a “tipping point,” said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Fogg, the Stanford instructor, said the trend has spread outward from college towns, where Facebook was first adopted, and inward from the American coasts. Facebook today has a global presence, with 70 percent of users living outside the U.S., the site says.
“We’ve reached critical mass where there’s been enough talk about Facebook and people have gotten so many invitations from their friends, they’re going, ‘OK, what is this Facebook thing? I’ve got to get onboard or I’m going to be left in the dust,’ ” Fogg said.
Interesting trend. There are quotes in the article from grandmothers who have joined specifically to stay in touch with their grandkids.
A note from a different time:
When my grandmother was still alive, right up until she was about 98, I think (she lived to 103), all of us grandchildren could expect a phone call at about 5am on our birthdays. I remember picking up the phone, grumbling about who would call at that hour, only to be greeted with a thin voice with a heavy Norwegian accent that she never lost, singing Happy Birthday.
Then we’d catch up with what had been happening in both our lives since we last talked.
All of us miss that call now.