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Facebook moms want to be friends but kids not so willing
Central News Agency
2014-05-07 10:55 PM
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Most Taiwanese mothers who use Facebook are "friends" with their children on the social networking service -- even though less than half of teenagers seem to want to add their parents on the social networking site, according to two separate studies Wednesday. A study released by Facebook itself showed that 79 percent of Taiwanese moms have friended their kids, a higher percentage than their counterparts in the United States, Mexico, Italy, Japan and Australia. Some 584,000 mothers in Taiwan have Facebook accounts, and 72 percent say they use the site daily, the company said. Perhaps surprisingly, moms seem much more active on Facebook than non-moms, according to the study, which showed that moms both reply to Facebook activity and update their statuses 2.1 times as much as other users and post 2.2 times as many photos. They are most likely to log in between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and are four times as likely to use mobile phones as desktop computers, the study showed. But while mom is busy uploading pictures, the kids might not want to be tagged in them. A separate survey also released Wednesday by Taipei-based King Car Education Foundation found that on average, 41.5 percent of school children were unwilling to add their parents as Facebook friends -- 37.5 percent of elementary school kids, 43 percent of middle school students, and 44.4 percent of high school students. Kuo Chih-chun, a student at Yanping High School in Taipei, said she would not add parents for two reasons. First, she said, her parents do not need to understand her through Facebook interactions; and second, she does not want her parents to read her conversations with friends. The survey was conducted between mid-March and mid-April on students at 16 schools in seven counties and cities around Taiwan. Among 1,800 questionnaires sent to the schools, 1,519 valid responses were collected. (By Wu Chia-ying, Tseng Ya-chi, Liu Te-chang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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