Gransnet forums


Why are younger people on Gransnet now?

(140 Posts)
Peonyrose Sat 28-Sep-19 19:15:40

I wonder why young people are joining in Gransnet forums, when there are other sites more suited such as Mumsnet.

Rufus2 Mon 21-Oct-19 14:00:20

Of course, if you feel that anyone on here is breaking the site guidelines you can always complain to GNHQ
Why? GNHQ is quite capable of "policing"; having drawn up the guidelines many years ago. hmm

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 22:25:03

Of course, if you feel that anyone on here is breaking the site guidelines you can always complain to GNHQ

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 22:23:58

Just to clear up any confusion

lemongrove Sun 20-Oct-19 22:20:48

I sometimes think that perhaps they been thrown off the
Mumsnet site, then they head over here.The clue is in the name...Gransnet ( no, you don’t have to actually be a gran, or a mum either, but older at least, otherwise what’s the point?)

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 22:11:38

I ust wish we knew the ages of other posters.

Sometimes (very occasionally) I find myself making a comforting 'there there' sort of reply to a post thinking I'm talking to some sweet old dear. And then the 'old dear' pops up on another thread, obviously straight off the Mumsnet pile.


SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 21:30:37

Oh my goodness - I feel quite flattered! Thank you blushgrin

RedRidingHood Sun 20-Oct-19 21:11:15

I recognised your user name SirChenjin because I love it, we often do pub quizzes as a family and once used it as a team name grin.
I only go on MN now for one particular special interest thread.

TerriBull Sun 20-Oct-19 16:58:31

I'm on MN, originally joined because I really liked the book threads on that site, have got some of my best reads from recommendations on MN. In fact I pinched the "50 books a year" thread from there and started one on GN. I think both GN and MN have something to offer depends on what you're looking for. The latter has a staggering 10 or 11 million subscribers so obviously that figure encompasses a diversity in ages.

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 16:31:07

I wonder if our paths crossed on MN Red? smile

DH was 34, 36 and 44 when ours were born, I was 28, 30 and 38. Our youngest is now 12, the eldest is 22, so DH and I will be similar in ages to you and your DH when the youngest is in his early to mid twenties. I left MN because I felt it was becoming increasingly vicious (or perhaps I was just outgrowing it) and because I felt I’d been through the child rearing years - it was quite odd being on there with young mums who were the same ages as my elder 2 (and younger in some cases). I suppose I’m caught between MN and GN but feel there’s more to learn from posters on GN who have been through the stages I’m now going through.

RedRidingHood Sun 20-Oct-19 16:02:48

SirChenjin my nn was probably something on the lines of squirrels or secret squirrels. I had lots of name changes after the data breach.
I was an older mother when my DC were born. So now at 61 my children are in their early 20s just starting careers and probably a long way off having DC of their own. DH is now 70 so we may well miss out on the experience of having GC while still young enough to enjoy them.
I still feel I have plenty in common with others on GN who are nearer my age than those on MN.

MissAdventure Sun 20-Oct-19 14:50:58

Good. With you and grandad plus another couple who I think are men, that makes 4 of you. smile

Rufus2 Sun 20-Oct-19 12:30:22

I certainly wouldn't venture on here if I was male
MissAdvent; Why not? smile I ventured on here 18 months ago and I love the company of all the lovely Grannies: I wouldn't have a sex-change in a fit! grin Friendly chat and humour abound here if you know how to look!

MissAdventure Sun 20-Oct-19 11:51:55

I think lumping us all together under the title of 'grans' does us a disservice, and I certainly wouldn't venture on here if I was male.

It seems a very narrow way of referring to older (and frequently younger) women.

Apricity Sun 20-Oct-19 11:42:54

Maybe it really is about the seeking of the views, perceptions and sheer life experience of older folk. For a whole lot of reasons I didn't have that when I was younger and just did the best I could. I would have so loved to have a wise granny to talk to and discuss life's issues and dilemmas.

How lovely to have a 21st century digital version of the older wisewoman. Not always right but an interesting contribution to the conversation.

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 11:42:29

Have a lovely time Gone smile

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 11:41:44

that to Sirchenjin

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 11:41:29

Off out now to see said grandkids and get my dinner cooked for me.

Calendargirl Sun 20-Oct-19 11:39:07

I like the name Gransnet. Why does it sound like it was thought up in the 1940’s? Heaven forbid we should become Nannet or Nananet!

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 11:30:30

I can’t read your mind Gonegirl, nor would I attempt to. You seem to feel very strongly that the whole site is becoming like MN what with all us youngsters in our fifties on here, so it should be very easy to explain how you’ve reached to that conclusion.

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 11:25:37

Can't you just think about it? Work it out for yourself? hmm

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 11:23:29

What makes it MN Mk2?

winterwhite Sun 20-Oct-19 11:15:57

Agree that too broad a base waters the site down. It isn't as though we're wholly dependent on younger contributors here to know what other people think. Many of us have AC who are only too ready to tell us. This is for the woman who wasn't born yesterday.
It would be a shame if we started getting threads on baby care or schools or first-time house-buying but that doesn't seem to be happening.
Gransnet may not be a brilliant name but serves its purpose. Mums net is no better.

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 11:14:42

The bloody website isn't all of me! Absolute rubbish.

I don't actually care that much, who comes on here. It's just a bit disappointing because when it first started, it was meant to be separate from MN. Now it's becoming Mk2.

But hey! Why not welcome all the daft buggers in Christendom?

SirChenjin Sun 20-Oct-19 11:01:41

Daft in what way? I’m genuinely curious as to why it should be for grans specifically and not the over fifties as its currently advertised which includes both men and women. Looking at the range and scope of the subjects discussed why do you believe that only women whose children have produced children should be allowed to post on them? What is it about the grandmother role specifically?

Gonegirl Sun 20-Oct-19 10:58:31

Is there any forum anywhere that caters for ctual grans to have a chat and a bit of a laugh?

I'm not very good at finding forums.