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Youths No Longer Predominant on MySpace 246

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from the growing-up-fast dept.
mikesd81 writes "The Associated Press is reporting on the rapid aging of MySpace. More than half of MySpace's users are now 35 or older. From the article: 'Just a year ago, teens under 18 made up about 25 percent of MySpace, the popular online hangout run by News Corp. That's now down to 12 percent in the comScore analysis released Thursday. By contrast, the 35-54 group at MySpace grew to 41 percent in August, from 32 percent a year earlier ... The study was based on comScore's regular panels for measuring Internet audiences, rather than MySpace's registration information, where users often lie about their age.'"
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Youths No Longer Predominant on MySpace

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  • The Truth (Score:5, Funny)

    by neonprimetime (528653) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:13AM (#16336731) Homepage
    More predators, less victims.
    • by Tackhead (54550) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:16AM (#16336801)
      > More predators, less victims.

      Wait, are we talking Myspace here, or are we talking Congress?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by klenwell (960296)
      More predators, less victims.

      Or more sharks for myspace to wave at as it jumps over them -- depending on how you look at it.
    • Huh? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Moraelin (679338) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:27AM (#16336945) Journal
      Huh? Excuse me? Since where did 35+ become synonimous with paedophile?

      It may be hard to comprehend for someone whose world revolves around a computer in a basement, but most humans are _social_ beings. Yes, I know, mind boggles. There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck. Like, you know, interacting with other 35+ people.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by jimstapleton (999106)
        no, over 18 on myspace is synonymous with pedophile, I think they mean. 35+ > 18.
      • by dlim (928138)
        I'm not sure how much "interaction" actually occurs on myspace, but maybe that will be better with the "older" crowd. This pretty much nails the experience for me: http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive.php?s=1588 [dieselsweeties.com]
      • by mungtor (306258)
        Wow... Maybe just a little *too* defensive there.
      • by Fozzyuw (950608)

        There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck. Like, you know, looking for other 35+ people to fuck

        There, fixed your statement. =P

        The MySpaces age increase is probably largely due to the fact that it's now used by every Tom, Dick, and Harry marketing person to advertise their new movie, product, or music. Though, I don't doubt some is due to the attraction of more sick individ

        • The MySpaces age increase is probably largely due to the fact that it's now used by every Tom, Dick, and Harry marketing person to advertise their new movie, product, or music.

          You're going to have to do a lot better than that if you want me to believe Tom and Harry have started using it now too...
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by British (51765)
        I'm in 100% agreement. There's NOTHING to indicate Myspace is an exclusive teen-only site. It's not "Myspace, a place for teenagers(to show risque pictures of themselves)". To make a blanket statement that anyone over the age of so-and-so on the site is a predator is plain wrong. C'mon, it isn't the no-longer-exclusive facebook.

        If it weren't for the "adults", there would be no myspace for you to show off risque pictures of yourself on. So shaddap.
      • It may be hard to comprehend for someone whose world revolves around a computer in a basement, but most humans are _social_ beings

        Sorry, whenever anyone mentions that humans are social beings here on slashdot, I have to pull out that Breakfast Club line. And I call it a "den," not a basement...
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Huh? Excuse me? Since where did 35+ become synonimous with paedophile?

        It may be hard to comprehend for someone whose world revolves around a computer in a basement, but most humans are _social_ beings. Yes, I know, mind boggles. There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck. Like, you know, interacting with other 35+ people.

        It didn't. It's the myspace part. It would be like a 40 ye

        • Heh (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Moraelin (679338) on Friday October 06, 2006 @12:54PM (#16339079) Journal
          It didn't. It's the myspace part. It would be like a 40 year old guy wearing sunglasses and a trenchcoat to a Chuck E. Cheese. You just kind of assume.


          Except in this case there is nothing about MySpace that says "kids only site". We're not talking about adults on some kindergarten's "I like ponies" chatroom (though even there they might have legitimate reasons to be, like making sure what their own kid could see there), we're talking about adults on a site that always had adult profiles too. It was never marketted as a teen-only site, it never had any mention of being a teen-only site, etc. So exactly _what_ warning signs would an adult have to tell them "it's a kid only place, they'll look funny at you if you go there"?

          All you have there is some "omg, there are pedos on MySpace" media scare (and even there it's been only a couple of cases), and from there a bunch of people basically seem to extrapolate that everyone else there must be one. Which is a classic extrapolation fallacy, of the kind that goes "cats are mammals, hence all mammals are cats."

          Or to put it otherwise, it's as illogical as reading that there was a rape in the central park, and from there assuming that every single male in the central park must be a rapist looking for a victim. Or that there are fraudsters on Ebay, hence everyone using Ebay must be looking for someone to scam. Etc.
          • Re:Heh (Score:4, Insightful)

            by Mr. Underbridge (666784) on Friday October 06, 2006 @02:01PM (#16340129)

            There's also the "Good GOD, Myspace is such a shithole, no self respecting adult would WANT to go there" part of it that probably throws people.

            The Myspace thing makes sense for kids. They don't have cars (to spend time with real-life friends) and they're angst ridden (thus they need somewhere to gush their little emo selves). But for well adjusted adults, I don't get the appeal.

      • by bopo (105833)
        There are plenty of reasons for people, even aged 35+, to interact with other people in a real or virtual community, that _don't_ involve looking for 13 year olds to fuck. Like, you know, interacting with other 35+ people.
        I'm just going to assume that by "interacting," you really mean "fucking."

        I keeed, I keeed.

      • by rolfwind (528248)
        Hell, I don't even mind if the 35+ people interact with the 35- crowd, we are such an age conscious society. I'm surprised we don't segregrate people based on their birthdates yet.
    • should they change their logo?

      MySpace: A place for preds.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by TheAngryMob (49125)

      More predators, less victims.



      FEWER victims. Sorry, it's just so painful to read bad grammar.

    • by aleksiel (678251) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:45AM (#16337179)
      the statistics also reveal that an amazing 15% of myspace is apparently 69 years old.
    • by Bombcar (16057)
      I wonder how much of this is people putting their age/DOB wrong. Many profiles I've seen have an age of 99.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by slashkitty (21637)
      No, it's just that more teens lie about their age. Since they no longer have to keep their age under 16 to keep their profile private, and they raise their age to make it harder to find them. You wouldn't believe the number of young looking 99 year old people in Alaska.
  • Suddenly there are fewer genuine teenagers in an online forum? It's obvious that the ranking scheme is now able to measure the age of FBI agents and Congressfolk more accurately.

  • by flynt (248848) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:16AM (#16336787)
    Thus proving:

    Myspace: For 14 year old girls and the 40 year old men that love them

    (don't know where i heard this , so i don't take credit)
  • by vistic (556838) *
    Did anyone else see that SNL sketch about teaching adults to use MySpace where the entire class except one mom was made up of pedophiles?
    • by CrazyTalk (662055)
      I did - and I thought it was hilarious. When anyone asks me why I don't have a mySpace page, I respond "because I'm not a 13 year old girl". (and for the record - I'm not a sexual predator either!)
  • by ProppaT (557551) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:17AM (#16336807) Homepage
    I'm pretty sure the large number of teanie boppers that register as 99 years old to avoid stalkers, creeps, and weirdos may have thrown the statistics off just a little bit. And then you have the crowd that thinks it's funny to be "69" years old. Although, the article is correct when it states that the user base is getting older. I'm surprised to find out how many older coworkers have myspace accounts now. It's definately hitting critical mass as a cultural phenomenon.
    • by bennomatic (691188) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:20AM (#16336871) Homepage
      A friend of mine is a comic book artist, and one night I was hanging around with some of his sequential art friends--ranging from underground comic artists to DC/Marvel artists who have drawn stuff you'd recognize--and almost all of them had myspace sites to connect with their fan bases.

      Between that and movies (myspace.com/moviename), it's pretty amazing to see how that service has become mainstreamed and co-opted by the adult/business world.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by arthurpaliden (939626)
      Statistically: Females aged 69: 400 per million Females aged 99: 5600 per million
    • There's not that many teenagers online in North America (sure, there's some from Europe and other places, but the vast majority are American and Canadian).

    • by cascadingstylesheet (140919) on Friday October 06, 2006 @11:42AM (#16337985)

      I'm pretty sure the large number of teanie boppers that register as 99 years old to avoid stalkers, creeps, and weirdos may have thrown the statistics off just a little bit.

      Remember, girls, if you try to project a highly sexual image to the world, that only teenaged boys will look and be interested. Anybody over 20 who's attention you catch is a "stalker, creep, and weirdo".

      This idea's pretty weird, yet millions of kids seem to believe it ...

  • Certainly if it were based off of current listed ages in Myspace, the vast majority of users would be 90-100 yrs old and closely followed by 14 and 15 yr olds*.

    The former are usually the actual 14 and 15 yr olds, lying about their age to not have a private profile. And the later of the above are often the older audience lying about their age to HAVE a private profile. Many of which don't realize anyone can choose to be private now (previously only underage users).

    Go figure.

    * this does not include Music acco
  • That's pretty sad. I don't pay much attention to MySpace, but I would have thought adults would be in the minority.
  • by grapeape (137008) <mpope7 AT kc DOT rr DOT com> on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:19AM (#16336843) Homepage
    My daughter actually told me that mySpace is for "old people and loosers" I guess they have all moved on to a new site that is more of the same but fits this weeks definition of cool and edgy. Nothing new here, remember being in college when it was cool to like a band until other people did...then they were sell outs regardless of whether the music changed or not.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Pharmboy (216950)
      It's a fact: If you want your child to stay away from something, simply embrace it. Don't want them listening to rap, tell them you and all your friends love that new CD. Don't like the way they wear their clothes? Call them "G" and tell them they need to wear their pants down lower. Don't want them on MySpace? Tell them everyone at the office is doing it and you signed up, too. Ask them to be in your "family photo" to go ON MySpace.

      Nothing freaks out a kid like thinking they might agree with their p
      • by epiphani (254981) <epiphani@nospAM.dal.net> on Friday October 06, 2006 @11:02AM (#16337399)
        Except your method just makes you into a looser and an ass in your childs' eyes.

        Dont listen to this guy, your kids will see right through it. He is right in one respect though - teens want their own area in which to interact. You keep following them to all their places, whether online or in real life, and they'll keep looking for new places.
        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Except your method just makes you into a looser and an ass in your childs' eyes.

          You obviously don't have kids. In 95% of situations, you ARE a loser in your kid's eyes when they are 12 to 20. They rebel, they want to disassociate and they are prepetually embarrased by everything you do, even if you don't deserve it. It is called being a teenager.

          The key isn't to embrace everything they love, it is to embrace everything that they love and you want them to stay away from.
      • by Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) on Friday October 06, 2006 @11:08AM (#16337481) Homepage

        Yes, the segregation of the children from the traditional family unit is certainly one of the most valuable modern tools in the arsenal of the profit-minded corporation. It rather puts one in mind of lions hunting herds across the savannah - seperate the weak and young, then feed on them...

    • My daughter actually told me that mySpace is for "old people and loosers"...

      Of course it is. Why do you think all the old people are there?
    • by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:53AM (#16337271) Homepage

      That was my first thought when I saw the headline. I don't really talk to teenagers these days, so I don't know about MySpace, but some time ago I read about somebody's "theory of cool" (I can't remember where) that seemed pretty accurate. The idea is that there are stages that pretty much everything "cool" goes through, and it went something like this:

      1. First it's underground. Practically nobody knows about it, but the people who know about it are the "cool kids".
      2. The other kids start finding out about it, and it becomes generally known as "cool". By this time, most of the "cool kids" have actually already moved on to something else
      3. It starts popping up in the mainstream, and then even the geeky kids know about it. The cool kids have already left, and most of the regular kids start leaving because the inclusion of geeky kids means it's not cool anymore.
      4. Finally, when it hasn't been cool for months, parents, and older people in general, start figuring it out. It might appeal to them, or it might not, but this is the stage where your Grandpa tries to rap because he thinks it's funny.
      5. Every now and then the whole things starts up again 10 or 20 years later when a new generation of cool kids take it up, and it becomes "retro".

      I knew MySpace was heading in this direction, but there's one thing that might save it. Apparently it started out as a place for musicians and became a general social networking site, and as it has become less cool, it seems to be reverting to a place for musicians... And there it might continue to eek out enough profits to get by. But we all knew it wouldn't stay the cool place forever.

      I've wondered, in fact, if this might become a new business model in the new internet economy. A "hit of the moment with planned obsolescence". It seems to me that everything cool dies off, and internet fads spike quickly and then degrade. The key might be that, instead of planning to continue growing at ridiculous speeds, these sites might figure out how to squeeze everything they can out of the spike, and then degrade gracefully, either without any great loss or, if they're lucky, to become a minor fixture on the net.

      On the other hand, I guess there's no incentive to do that. From the point of view of the owners, it's better to sell during the spike for a ridiculously high price, and let someone else deal with trying to keep the growth rate up on the now "uncool" venture. First Napster, now MySpace, next up, YouTube.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by irenaeous (898337)

        Interesting. It seems to me that YouTube is already between #3 and #4. Where are the cool kids now?

        I also wonder how many of those older my-spacers are the parents of the teenagers with accounts used basically to spy on their kids.
        • Interesting. It seems to me that YouTube is already between #3 and #4. Where are the cool kids now?

          Couldn't tell you. These days, I'm one of the "old people", and cool kids generally don't tell us what they're up to.

      • >I've wondered, in fact, if this might become a new business model in the new internet economy. A "hit of the moment with planned obsolescence". It seems to me that everything cool dies off, and internet fads spike quickly and then degrade.

        In about 1890, Oscar Wilde said:
        "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. [quotationspage.com]"
      • by BenEnglishAtHome (449670) * on Friday October 06, 2006 @12:49PM (#16339005)
        ...isn't cool anymore? Just because I'm a 40+ year old white guy who raps an obscene, extended version of "The Ballad of the Beverly Hillbillies" explaining in detail the relationship between Ellie Mae and all those animals and thinks I'm being funny while I do it, we've reached the point where rap isn't cool?

        Damn it all to hell.

        I worked hard on that song. A couple of drunk crowds at comedy clubs have loved at it. I guess now I'll have to ditch it from the act.

        Damn.
    • Nothing new here, remember being in college when it was cool to like a band until other people did...then they were sell outs regardless of whether the music changed or not.

      I feel that way about Myspace too, and I'm in my twenties. It was cool when I joined and there were about 3 million. Then it got worse when they let the damn kids in. Then worse when my ex-gf joined a year later. Now my whole freakin town is on there. So many people I never wanted to see again. I never check my messages anymore, and I'm

    • As Yogi Berra once famously said... "No one goes to that place anymore, it's too crowded."

      Seriously, it may have to do with how they are promoting the service now. I was required to sign up for a myspace page for a contest I wanted to join for a fox tv show. There's zero personal information listed there, and the only interaction is my deletion of various phishing emails that are routed through it by fictitious people "desperate to meet me". Just because you sign up for myspace, doesn't mean you use it,
  • I imagine this is actually a bad thing for MySpace. Having 50 million unique hits from a single demographic such as teens is a huge deal. That'd be an amazing market penetration. Spread those 50 million out over a broader age range and, while you're getting the same number of eyeballs, your advertising target audience for any particular ad has shrunk considerably. After all, if 50% of the site is over 30 then 50% of the ad views of the latest pop sensation are going to be wasted on people who won't click.

    Fr
    • by L0neW0lf (594121)
      It may be a bad thing for MySpace...but if it's true, it sucks even more to be Rupert Murdoch. ;)
  • by StressGuy (472374) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:26AM (#16336941)
    So, let me see if I understand the way this thread is running:

    Kid's hanging out of MySpace are just being kids, but middle aged adults are predetors and/or lying about their age? is that about right?

    What is this, the modern interpretation of "never trust anyone over 30 years old"? Some us "old timers" still enjoy meeting new people from time to time.

    When I initially saw the article I thought, "cool, people my age, maybe I'll set up an account". This thread has been kinda depressing.

    Maybe....just maybe...the notion of networking with people across the internet is becoming a more mainstream idea. This is kind of reminiscent of an old gopher site called "occ" which I used to use for job hunting. Nowadays, it's a web site called "Monster", and one of serveral such sites. Like many others, I maintain an online resume as a matter of course.

    It could be that social networking sites are evolving to the same level.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by smellsofbikes (890263)
      I was on MySpace before it was cool with the kids, when it was a place like Friendster where middle-aged geeks hung out and got together to ride bikes or get drunk together. Then all the kids found out about it, then the newspapers published about MySpace crises and problems, then all the rest of the population showed up, and the kids moved on, and pretty soon it'll be boring and old again and all that'll be left are the people who actually find some use in it.
      Myspace is like a fancy telephone: it's anothe
  • in the right hands, i.e., that of adults, myspace is actually quite useful. At 26, I simply posted minimal information on my page, and I don't do the obnoxious, barf-all-over-the-screen personal page. But it is easy to keep in touch with old classmates, and friends in various parts of the country.
  • by ENOENT (25325) on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:30AM (#16336985) Homepage Journal
    Supposedly, this company has some method of telling the age of a person based on their MySpace profile. I'm guessing it involves voodoo.

    Or maybe they just assume that everyone who likes Norwegian black metal is 14 years old, everyone who likes Neil Diamond is 57, and everyone else is 39.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    via spyware [google.com] of course

    or as they call it researchware, just like HP board was researching its board members
  • I'm not sure why anyone over 35, or even over 25 for that matter would have a myspace page anymore, as nearly every employer, at least here in NYC will check your emaill adress for a myspace page. I understand that there is nothing inherently wrong with a page,there may be something on your page or a friends that an employer finds unavory. I have personally not hired someone because they mentioned using drugs on their page. Most employers are much more conservative than I am, especially the corps. Sad bu
  • Water "Cool" er (Score:2, Interesting)

    by 6ame633k (921453)
    My co-workers and I use MySpace to blow off steam and chat while at work (of course we work in technology, go figure). I think people like us get together in small groups, we are not interested in having 5,000 anonymous friends - it's more like we are hanging out at the water cooler, but with the guise of sitting at your computer and getting some work done.
  • by GoNINzo (32266) <GoNINzo@[ ]oo.com ['yah' in gap]> on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:41AM (#16337129) Journal
    Today, it was discovered Myspace seems to extend life! A recent study today found that there are at least 100,000 people on the site that are reportedly 99 years old. This number of older people seems to indicate that all the 99 year old people in the world are either using Myspace, or it is extending life to that age.

    Tom had no comment other than to say that he's your friend.

  • In other news, a staggering number of youths are members of slashdot.org...
  • so, the original stats were scewed because all the 35+ year olds were pretending to be 16-year-old girls?

    I guess this is good... it means there isn't actually a problem to worry about anymore.
  • Dear God! (Score:5, Funny)

    by jalefkowit (101585) <jasonNO@SPAMjasonlefkowitz.net> on Friday October 06, 2006 @10:57AM (#16337331) Homepage

    This can only mean one thing: MySpace users are aging at a faster rate than the rest of us.

    We should look into this. Is there something about ugly HTML that increases the human rate of aging? This really demands further study.

  • Old Age (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Noexit (107629) on Friday October 06, 2006 @11:12AM (#16337535) Homepage
    I guess I'm one of them. I put up a MySpace page a few months ago, trying to locate people for planning a 20th high school reunion. I've actually found more of my classmates at MySpace than at any other site on the 'net.
  • by bogie (31020)
    Didn't these losers in the 35-54 group learn their lesson back in the day with Geocities? Nobody wants to visit your poorly designed. Please at least tell me that Myspace doesn't allow the blink tag?
  • Really, how many Cam Whores are on MySpace? I joined years ago so a friend could share some pictures with me. Otherwise my account pretty much just languishes there. But a week doesn't go by where some 'OMG I"M NEW' girl doesn't try to friend me, and ask me to visit her 'NEW CAM PAGE WHERE I LOVE TO HANG OUT AND CHAT', blah blah blah.

    The fact that most of these Cam whores are 'bots is pretty funny, the fact that when you go check out their 'friends' list you find ten thousand guys who are all completely clu
  • by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Friday October 06, 2006 @11:29AM (#16337795) Homepage Journal
    ..think of the adults!!
  • This just in. People on MySpace have changed the way they lie about their age.

  • Judging by the site layout, I'd say the design department's average age is still about 16...
  • This is reporting the physical age of the participants only. The key demographic of MySpace is actually based on mental age. This is still being actively maintained at between seven and eight years old. (Die in a fire all you hotlinking mo-fo's!)
  • Is it just me or does the math in the summary not add up?

    "More than half of MySpace's users are now 35 or older."

    Remember, "more than half" is >=51%

    "...the 35-54 group at MySpace grew to 41 percent in August"

    I'll be honest, I'm not so great at math, but I could have sworn that 41 51.
  • by wuie (884711)
    I don't really see what all the fuss is about. There's more to MySpace than pedophiles and teenagers. I joined MySpace because it allowed me to find some friends from high school that I lost contact with. It was a wonderful feeling to "find" them again on this site and meet up with them. :)
  • ... there were so many pedophiles on the net.
  • I guess it's back to IM again!

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