Why 30+ Year Olds Have More Fun on Facebook than Our Junior Counterparts

I just don’t understand when people my age tell me, “Facebook is just for kids.”  I will argue that the best part about Facebook is in fact lost on these newbies, and us more mature folks are getting the best it has to offer.

To wit: My friend’s daughter is 15.  She has something like 700 friends.  Basically every person she has ever met is on her Facebook page.  There has never been a time in her life in which she was not keenly aware of what her people were up to.

No consider the 30-something year old who is tip-toeing into Facebook for the first time.  First he finds some work friends and maybe some folks he plays soccer with.  Then a few folks from his last job.  Then a few people from the town he used to live in, then college guys and then back to high school and elementary school.  People he hasn’t talked to or heard from in 20 years are now available.

I mention this because this has happened to me twice now in the last few weeks.  An old friend from college disappeared off the planet, reappeared on Facebook and it allowed us to have lunch and catch up.  Meanwhile, the next time I’m in New York in June, I will be able to meet up with a friend I last saw in New Orleans circa 1986.  

Now, today’s 15 year olds won’t get to enjoy this type of reunion.  So I’m sticking with my story – Lil’ Green Patches and SuperPokes may be fun and all, but it’s the reconnecting with long lost friends that makes Facebook as powerful as it is.

One Response

  1. there was an interesting article on this topic in the NYTimes Magazine this Sunday. The writer was asking the question: will later generations be able to leave their past behind in order to mature to their future? will not naturally progressing (and moving on from circles of friends) hold these people back.

    Interesting topic.

    I could think two ways on the topic:
    1) I agree that being 30 and reconnecting with past is a different experience (and you’ve made a good argument above)
    2) bringing people along with you throughout your life could be a way to be ever-present of how you are perceived.

    The latter observation means that younger and younger indivuduals will have to think about how to classify people. Is this person a "friend" or "a friend of my parents?" and, what should those two audiences have exposure to?

    The impact of not thinking this way will play out when the younger generations look for jobs or start dealing with what sort of image they want the public (a future boss) to see.

    That is, younger audiences would think that far.

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