Have you ever received a Friend Request from someone you didn’t know? Maybe it was someone you forgot. Maybe it was spam. Or maybe it’s just that that person can’t even talk yet. A new study by the Internet security firm AVG has found that 7% of babies already have social network profiles. Clearly online social media has revolutionized the way people can be forced to look at boring pictures of their friends’ kids.
Here’s some of the other information that the study found:
“1 – The average age at which a child acquires an online presence courtesy of their parents is at six months, and by the time they are two 81% of children have some kind of ‘digital footprint’.
2 – A third (33%) of children have had images posted online from birth
3 – A quarter (23%) of children have even had their pre-birth scans uploaded to the Internet by their parents
4 – Seven per cent (7%) of babies have even had an email address created for them by their parents
5 – More than 70% of mothers said they posted baby and toddler images online to share with friends and family”
The whole thing makes some strange amount of sense. Not only is it an easy way to share information about the little miracle that’s just entered your household, you can save a good email address before it gets snatched up in the time it takes for your tyke to pick up typing. Weird though are the figures circling through Twitter that say that 5% of unborn babies already have profiles. We can’t find those numbers in the AVG study so they may have just been the product of someone misreading the article. If they’re true though, it almost sounds like an inverted version of the old “Vanishing Hitchhiker” ghost story. We can see it now:
It was a dark and stormy night when a young man was travelling along a desolate road outside of a small town. Suddenly, he received a Facebook Friend Request from a young woman he didn’t know. A few minutes later he saw a diner and pulled in. The only person inside was an old man sitting by the jukebox. Our hero approached him and asked if he knew the girl from the Request. The old man looked at him quizzically and then responded.
“Of course I know her. She’s my daughter. However, she’s won’t be alive for another five months!” DUH DUH DUUUUUUUH!
Or something like that.
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