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Be careful: Mom is checking your Facebook

By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel

11:51 AM EST, February 19, 2013

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Do you ever get the feeling that your mom is checking your Facebook posts? She probably is, according to a new study.

A study by Education Database Online, a resource for students looking for university and college programs, shows that most parents join the world's largest social network not to play Farmville, but to see what their kids are doing, saying, posting, and commenting.

More than 72 percent of moms in the U.S. are now on Facebook -- that's a 22 percent increase from 2010, the study shows.

About half of all parents on Facebook also admit they joined the social network to keep tabs on their kids. While most of those parents check their kid's accounts daily, about 31 percent said they read their kid's posts at least 4 or 5 times a week.

The majority of parents focus on the status updates on their kid's accounts, while a smaller percentage view photos and read comments on their children's walls.

The study also shows that younger Facebook users tend to initiate friendships with their parents.

About 65 percent of children age 13, the legal age to activate a Facebook account, reach out to their parents to join their network. However, only 40 percent of young adults around the age of 20 send their parents friend requests.

So do you friend or unfriend your mom?

The study shows 1 in 3 Facebook users would cut the social network cord if they could, but then they would have to dead with mom. Who wants to risk that?