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Taiwanese mothers ‘friend’ children: Facebook studies

Staff writer, with 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.

A study released by Facebook showed that 79 percent of Taiwanese moms have friended their children, a higher percentage than their counterparts in the US, Mexico, Italy, Japan and Australia.

About 584,000 mothers in Taiwan have Facebook accounts and 72 percent say they use the site daily, the company said.

Mothers appear to be much more active on Facebook than non-mothers, according to the study, which showed that moms both reply to Facebook activity and update their statuses 2.1 times more frequently than other users and post 2.2 times as many photographs.

They are most likely to log in between 5pm and 10pm and are four times as likely to use mobile phones as desktop computers, the study showed.

However, while mom is busy uploading pictures, her children might not want to be tagged in them.

A separate survey released on 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 students, 43 percent of middle-school students and 44.4 percent of high-school students.

Kuo Chih-chun (郭芷君), a student at Yanping High School in Taipei, said she would not add her 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 the middle of last month on students at 16 schools in seven counties and cities across the nation. Among 1,800 questionnaires sent to the schools, 1,519 valid responses were collected.

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