Monday, March 12, 2012

How Young is too Young for Facebook?

Online pollsters extraordinaire's recent poll found that the majority of FaceBook users think the minimum age of 13 might be a little too young. FaceBook's age for signing up on the service is 13 years old, but is that too young? And just how many kids under that magic number are on the site anyway?

A good chunk of those polled by SH (almost half) believe that users should be older than the age named appropriate by the site. And a good number of those even went so far as to say that new FaceBook sign-ups should actually be in the 14-17 range as a rule.

Of course it should also be pointed out that (as the poll showed) it's more than a little likely that the 'Book would in no way alter it's age of access seeing as over 20% of users are in the 13-17 demographic. Still, it's interesting too see just what folks think about kids using social media and FaceBook in particular. In an age where children carry cell phones though, I wouldn't look for anything to get all that much more restrictive. I'd bet on the opposite being much more likely.

How long do you think it'll be before we all start getting 'communicators' and 'HUDs' implanted at birth?