Obviously, we'd all like to imagine that our parents joined Facebook just to make our lives miserable
. But, according to Pew Internet, the olds got wise to social networks for "political purposes" during the last election cycle. The research organization found a massive jump in politically oriented Internet use from the 2006 election, and discovered that more than one in five online adults turned to social networks in 2010 in order to be engaged with politics. Like, whatever.