Grandma Got Run Over By A Facebook

About one in five U.K. grandparents over the age of 70 are active on Facebook.

More and more people in the U.K. may be experiencing the horrors described in cartoon band Your Favorite Martian’s Grandma Got a Facebook, if the results of a recent survey by MyVoucherCodes are accurate.

The Telegraph reported that the online coupon site polled 1,341 grandparents over the age of 60 in the U.K. and found that 22 percent are active on social networking sites, with 71 percent of those citing Facebook, versus 34 percent on Twitter and 9 percent on LinkedIn.

Of those 22 percent, 68 percent joined a social network in the past 12 months, and 51 percent said they were encouraged to do so by younger relatives, The Telegraph reported, adding that 51 percent log in at least once per week, while 35 percent said they visit the sites a few times per month.

One-quarter of the post-60 social network users said they joined the sites to reconnect with old friends, while keeping in contact with family and friends was mentioned by 20 percent, The Telegraph added.

MyVoucherCodes Chairman Mark Pearson told The Telegraph:

I think it’s quite a common misconception nowadays that the over-60s aren’t as savvy as others when it comes to the Internet. Anyone would love to see their grandparents online, although some grandchildren may want to censor what they say on site with this in mind.

Readers, do any of you have relatives over 60 who use Facebook or another social networking sites, and is this a good thing? Please share your experiences in the comments section.