Modern Family: Do you keep up or stay silent?
by Staff
Let's see how much you know about the current stats (and acronyms) of modern family communications. If you're texting prowess is legendary and your Facebook wall is always current, this should be child's play.

According to a research report published by Microsoft Corp., working in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), what percentage of those surveyed felt online communication was a helpful form of family communication?

  • 25 percent
  • 48 percent
  • 83 percent

You know kids are into social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but how many adults use social networking sites?

  • 32 percent
  • 66 percent
  • 74 percent

According to the same Pew Research Center study, what percentage of adults use social networking to reconnect with friends they've lost touch with?

  • 18 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent

How many children between the ages of 6 and 9 have cell phones?

  • 15 percent
  • 22 percent
  • 36 percent

What is Skype?

  • a sky writing service
  • a wireless network that uses roof antennas
  • an Internet telephony service

Some cell phones (and other devices) come equipped with GPS locator chips. What does GPS stand for?

  • geothermic placement schematic
  • global positioning system
  • guided positioning sensor

Across the globe, about how many people are talking on cell phones every second?

  • more than 3.5 million
  • more than 4.1 million
  • more than 7 million

How long does the average consumer use a cell phone before pitching (or recycling) it?

  • 9 months
  • 12 to 18 months
  • 2 years

Is it a good idea to put a TV in your tween's bedroom?

  • sure
  • expert opinion is mixed
  • absolutely not

How many Americans never use the Internet?

  • 7 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 28 percent

How many teens with cell phones have admitted to texting while driving?

  • 25 percent
  • 46 percent
  • 68 percent

What percentage of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 own a mobile device like a cell phone?

  • 50 percent
  • 62 percent
  • 75 percent

What is the biggest reason parents buy their children cell phones?

  • to stop the nagging
  • safety and security
  • to stay in touch

Facebook is one of the premier social networking sites on the Web. About how many active users are there on Facebook across the world?

  • 450 million
  • 600 million
  • 845 million

If you don't keep in touch with family via Facebook, you may tweet them your latest news using the popular Twitter microblogging service. What's the maximum number of characters allowed in a Twitter tweet (mini-blog post)?

  • 120 characters
  • 140 characters
  • 180 characters

Using a cell phone to text suggestive material can be a big no-no, especially during family time. What is this type of texting called?

  • smutting
  • sexting
  • surfing

If you've started texting with the kids -- or the grandkids -- knowing the right abbreviations can make you look pretty cool. When texting, what does "831" mean?

  • You're late.
  • I love you.
  • I'm so over it.

Here's another texting abbreviation you should know: 9.

  • marijuana
  • Parent is watching.
  • I maxed out the credit card.

The Internet is making it easier than ever for families to trace their roots using geneaology sites and software. What's the most popular online site for genealogy research?


What's the popular term used to describe using technology to harass another person?

  • netaggression
  • cyberbullying
  • cyberassault