The fastest growing age group on Facebook is the 35-54 year olds. A 2009 Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report show that:
"Facebook’s 35-54 year old demographic segment not only continued to grow the fastest, but it accelerated to a 276.4% growth rate over the past 6 months. That demo is DOUBLING roughly every two months."The second fastest growing group is the 55+ and the third is the 25-34 year olds. While there are still more 0-24 year olds on Facebook than there are of these other groups, their percentage of the overall Facebook population is constantly shrinking.
The real question is, will this matter? Will teenagers and college students care if adults, including their parents, become the majority of users on Facebook. After all, a member has to allow another member to be their friend for them to be able to see anything on their wall. So teens can do what my sons did to me and just not friend their parents and other adults and keep their privacy.
However, is the real issue really about privacy. I think that it might come down to the coolness factor. Even though the baby boomer generation has much more in common with their teenagers than the boomers had with their parents, it still isn't all that cool to hang out in the same places. Once Facebook becomes known more as a place for adult social networking and high school reunions, will that continue to be a place where teens want to go?
Any change might not happen soon. Current teens may not leave. It might be the next goup to reach their teens that will look for another social networking website for their very own. Will a brand new website launch that will excite these teens? Or will they find one that already exists but just is not very popular in the United States yet, such as Hi5, the third largest social networking site behind MySpace and Facebook?
What do you think? What has been your experience with your teenagers on Facebook. If you are a teenager, how do you feel about the rising population of adults on what was once your domain?