After my 50-something sister Bev told everybody in the family that she was now on Facebook, my son Ben’s astonished reply to her was one line:
“I didn’t see this coming!”
That’s because – unlike Ben’s demographic (age 18-34, over half of whom worldwide are active Facebook users) – in my sister’s comparative old folks group (45-54), barely 12% are. At the time, his Chucha Bev was likely the oldest living human Ben knew personally who was.
Who else is on Facebook? The simple answer is a whole lot of people, says veteran California journalist Tom Jacobs, writing in his Alternet column called Facebook Linked to Narcissism. There he shared some new research from Australia that provides some less than flattering perspectives on the world’s 500+ million Facebook users. Continue reading