I discovered MySpace late last year googling a musician I like. While it was cool to be able to download new songs and demos, the actual social interaction kinda creeped me out. Here's some guy in his 50s essentially hanging out with a bunch of 20-something slackers and I was a little embarrassed for him. I guess he gets lonely too, I dunno. Since then, I've looked at a few other pages for friends of my kids and, while some of the comments can be pretty vulgar, most is of the "just wanted to say hi" combined with a really bad animated gif. It seems like instant messaging in slo-mo.<br><br>And what some of these kids are willing to put out there for the world to see is scary. Very private information and revealing pictures. No wonder it's a hangout for child molesters. I've told my kids that if I ever discover they've set up one of these for themselves, they'll be hell to pay. <br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
That's kind of how I discovered it, Mike.<br><br>I had sold a guitar amp to a really nice kid (grad student from Temple U. in Philly). He told me about his band, and gave me the MySpace address. I found out I had to sign up to leave a comment, and, well, I decided to customize a page, just for something to do.<br><br>I've reconnected with some old high school pals, found a page by a really cool 40-something woman I met very briefly about 10 years ago in Lancaster PA, found tons of good music by tiny bands, discovered that some big bands had MySpace pages when I never thought they would (Wilco, XTC, Griufters, Sonic Youth, and more).<br><br>Meh...something to do.<br><br>
#282859 - 08/05/0604:52 PMRe: My Space
To each their own, but I take exception to the idea that MySpace is a "social networking" site. There is nothing social about sitting in front of your computer adding "friends" to your network. <br><br>Basically a website for people who are in denial about how little time they spend outside. <br><br>
I've never done MySpace, but I did join the FaceBook group for my school . . . and regretted it almost immediately. I was there once only, and now I go there only when a student wants to be a friend, not because I go to the site but because not responding seems a little . . . well, unfriendly. Anyway, the only time I went to the site I felt like a voyeur. It really is incredible what kids will put up on the web about themselves. <br><br>. . . . . Here's lookin' at [color:red]you</font color=red> kid.
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My 13-yr-old had been a MySpace regular for a couple of years and has made a couple of close friends from other parts of the country. Other girls her age. But she and one of her online pals canceled their memberships and took their pages down last month when they started getting a lot of unwanted attention from someone she said really creeped them both out.<br><br>It's not the safest place for unwary young kids, because it's also a very popular hunting ground for sexual predators.<br><br>
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Not so many predators and I am able to keep in touch with people, including coworkers whom I do a little socializing with on off work hours. Like hey want to meet for a drink? And friends that move away, coworkers that change jobs. I have found some of my younger relatives are in touch with my cousin's kids and I can see their families. Let's put it this way, don't go there with the pre-conceived notion of what you hear on the news and if you don't want a reminder that yes there is a generation gap.<br><br>oh yeah, that's going in the blog
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