Interesting article about online social networking, and how baby boomers have different expectations than younger people. In particular, and not surprisingly, two areas of concern are privacy, and attention-seeking. From the article:
Another idea brought up in the article, related to the above, is that boomers were brought up in a less photo-intensive world, which contributes to the discomfort with the frequent visual images regularly displayed by younger networkers. Given the importance of social networking in general, and the potential benefits of online sites in facilitating social contact, addressing these issues with respect to boomers would likely provide a number of benefits, whether it be educating older users on security issues, tweaking existing sites for older users, or developing boomer-friendly sites. I know there are sites out there that market themselves as “40+ sites,” but I’m not sure whether they address the concerns noted in this article.