Facebook Surprisingly Losing Steam Among Teens – Here’s Why

And just when you thought that it couldn’t be more popular (or controversial), Facebook according to the Pew Research (Internet and Technology) is losing its foothold in this demographic to Youtube, Snapchat, and Instagram. The teens are speaking out and expressing their ambivalence over social media. Some say it makes them feel connected, others say that the “closeness” is superficial and that it encourages isolation, while others fear bullying and the pressure to go with whatever is popular at the moment.

In a prior Pew Research study in 2015, 71% of teens (12-17 years old) were still on Facebook. Today, that has dropped significantly to  51%. But why are American kids abandoning the ship and migrating to Youtube (used by 85% of teens),  Instagram (72%), and Snapchat (69%). Coincidentally, these three more popular platforms are primarily “camera-based” platforms. Facebook is more popular among kids from lower income families: 70% came from those with incomes of $30,000 and lower. Those who patronized Facebook like the fact that it is easier to connect with friends and families from different age groups, find people with the same interests and ferret relevant news. But for those who don’t use Facebook or had reduced their exposure, some claimed that a lot of it had to do with parents “shutting down Facebook”. A disturbing finding is that over a quarter of users find bullying and spreading false rumors rampant on Facebook. One fifth complained that it actually destroyed relationships because of decreased interaction and led to some sort of digital”addiction”.

When asked which social media platform they used the most, only 10% chose Facebook while 35% chose Snapchat followed closely followed by 32% who preferred Youtube. Girls were more loyal to Snapchat while boys gravitated to Youtube more. The slide is so serious that E-Marketer predicts that ” Facebook would lose a further 2.1 million American users under the age of 25 this year”. With 95% of U.S. teens owning smartphones currently, that’s a huge number that can be lost through the cracks – advertising wise since 45% claim to be on the Internet constantly. The Pew Research also revealed 83% of girls play video games while 97% play video games; another reason why the quality and safety of games should be monitored.

“When the 17-year-old turned 13, getting a Facebook account was a rite of passage. Not long after she got the account she realised she didn’t have much use for it.” – Paul Verna (E-marketer analyst)

Personally, although ensuring privacy is now a battle cry at Facebook, the fact that they are playing “matchmaker’ soon is in some weird way, anti-teen and possibly could open a whole new can of worms. Perhaps if Facebook kept it more simple and not push its dendrites into all directions like battling Google on the “apps for business” end, Youtube for video and Match.com for pairings then it could focus on what had made it extremely popular in the first place. Some habits die hard and the older demographics are apparently still happy with the appeal of Facebook; but the downside is that tweens may skip Facebook together and flock to Snapchat and Instagram making the user population an aging one.



Facebook Problem: Is It Slowly Becoming “Enemybook”?

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — our world is dominated by social media sites. It is proven that these sites help people to communicate freely and easily. But is that all there is? Like people say, too much good is bad. Let’s talk about a Facebook problem which is becoming more and more common nowadays.

From Facebook to Enemybook

A Facebook problem is surfacing in the internet

With millions of Facebook users, it’s hard to monitor each and every one of them. The site has a limit of 5,000 friends per account. Is it really possible to have that many friends?

People are making new enemies everyday through these social media sites. How? By cyberbullying.

Since a person has the freedom to post anything they want, along with the choice of making their  posts public — the problem starts.

A public posts means that everyone can see it. Including strangers. They can leave offensive comments if your post is against their beliefs.

Another problem is posers. Since registration for Facebook is free, anyone can make a Facebook account. They can grab pictures from legit users and use it as their own. Posers usually use these dummy or fake accounts to bully someone, do illegal activities or to scam people.

We have a choice to be manipulated or not. But let’s face it. There are people who are still vulnerable to these kind of hideous schemes.

Let’s just hope that Mark Zuckerberg can do something about this. Additional security for safety of its users.




Facebook cyber bullying increases

This article should serve as a warning for parents.

A study performed ComScore and NDP said that almost half of the parents are not aware that bullying on Facebook occurs. Another statistic shows that a small fraction knows that their child has been a victim of these bullying.

The study was commissioned by SocialShield, a group that handles social network monitoring.

In the report, it was revealed that less than 8 percent of the parents know that their child is a victim of cyberbullying. Estimates have pegged that 15 percent of teens and 20 percent of children have undergone this traumatic incidents.

A large percentage of parents have been in the dark and are confused as to why they don’t know why these incidents occur. One of the primary reasons is kids nowadays are so much in to social networking. Some of them have different means to log in to them. Computers, smartphones and other platforms have been used by these kids.

Kids don’t inform their parents about these issues for these reasons:

  1. They’re embarrassed about the situation;
  2. They’re afraid of backlash from the bully or others;
  3. They fear losing access to their computer;
  4. They’re worried they did something wrong

According to SocialShield CEO George Garrick, “Unfortunately, the monitoring techniques that most parents think are good enough to help keep their kids safe are often not good enough. There is simply too much content being created by our kids and their peers – not to mention predators – for parents to keep track of without help. We expect this situation to only intensify in 2012 as more social networks develop and more kids get involved.”

Image source: cyberbullyingstories.info

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