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Grandma Facebook DON'Ts

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Grandma Facebook DON'Ts. (Photos: courtesy Visiting Angels)

(KUTV) Grand-kids have an instant message for Grandma and Grandpa. While they enjoy having you on Facebook, some secretly want to unfriend you because you post stuff that’s embarrassing! Just in time for National Grandparents’ Day (Sept. 10), a new national survey of millennial grandchildren uncovers the TOP FIVE NO-NOs Grandma and Grand-pop make on Facebook.

The national survey of 500 grandkids (ages 18 – 34), commissioned by Visiting Angels, reveals a majority of grand-kids (89 percent) enjoy having their grandparents on Facebook. However, almost one out of three sometimes secretly want to unfriend grandparents and more than half (54 percent) wish someone would sit down and show grandparents HOW and WHEN to use Facebook. Why?

TOP FIVE FACEBOOK NO-NOs FOR GRANDMA

1. POST PERSONAL STUFF

  • One in four respondents say their grandparents post TMI (too much information) about their love life, social life.
  • More than one third say Grandma or Grandpa post dirty laundry about family feuds or finances.


2. RANT AND RAVE

  • One out of five grandchildren say Grammy goes “emoji crazy” in comments or posts.
  • Thirty-three percent of respondents say they don’t like when grandparent(s) get too political or go holy roller, posting too much about religion (28 percent).


3. TREAD ON PERSONAL TURF

  • One in four respondents say it’s not cool when Grandma tries to friend THEIR friends.
  • Thirty percent of grand-kids say it’s embarrassing when Mimi or Pops post personal comments in public places, like THEIR timeline.
  • Half of those surveyed say they don’t want grandparents commenting on their social life.
  • And a big NO-NO: Almost one in four grand-kids say please, Grandma, don’t comment about my appearance — whether it’s my hair, weight or clothes!


4. SPREAD DOOM, GLOOM AND GUILT

  • Twenty-five percent of grandkids say they do not like to see grandparents post that they are lonely, unhappy, sick or sad.
  • One out of five respondents say they don’t like to see comments about grandparent’s health, medical issues or procedures.
  • One in four grandchildren say they feel guilty when grandma posts “Why don’t you visit or call more?”


5. TRY TO ACT COOL

  • Twenty-two percent say it’s not cool when grandma or gramps tries to act cool. And one respondent said he wants to hide when grandparents “COMMENT IN ALL CAPS.”


Visiting Angels, one of our nation’s largest in-home senior care companies with 600 offices nationwide, commissioned the survey for Grandparents’ Day (Sept. 10), revealing that Facebook has become a great way for grandparents and grand-kids to communicate.

GRAND-KIDS LOVE TO SEE AND FEEL LOVE …

  • A majority of those surveyed (72 percent) say it’s OK for Mimi or Papa to post “I love you” on Facebook.
  • More than half (64 percent) say they love their grandparents and it is nice to see their photos and share theirs with them.
  • Six out of 10 of grand-kids say Facebook is a great way to stay in touch.


“It’s no surprise the survey reveals grandchildren love their grandparents and they are a bit sensitive about what Grandma or Grandpa might post or see on Facebook. These are, after all, some of the most important people in their lives, “said Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels, one of the nation’s largest in-home senior care companies, with an office in our area. “Our caregivers go into seniors’ homes to help them stay in touch with their grandkids, whether it’s with Facebook, Skype or texting. They also help with light housekeeping, cooking meals and companionship. When you can’t be there, we’re here to help.”

About Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services:

Visiting Angels began franchising in 1998 in Philadelphia, PA area. Today, Visiting Angels has 600 private duty agencies throughout the United States. Visiting Angels agencies employ only experienced caregivers and conduct the most comprehensive background screenings to ensure that their caregivers meet or exceed the company’s high standards. For companion care, Alzheimer’s care, Dementia care and the country’s best palliative care program, make Visiting Angels your choice in senior home care. For more information on Visiting Angels or to find a location near you, please visit www.visitingangels.com.

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