Study Finds Teens Flock to Twitter and Snapchat to Avoid Their Parents. So What Does This Mean for Facebook?


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

According to a recent study, older teens find Facebook to be “uncool” and “dead and buried.”

Called the Global Social Media Impact Study and conducted by professor Daniel Miller, the survey found 16­ to­ 18 year olds are leaving Facebook in droves, finding their association with the website embarrassing. Miller said that while parents were once worried about their children joining Facebook, the children are now annoyed their parents insist upon staying and posting updates about their lives. Instead, the teens are flocking to Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp in search of privacy.

So does this mean to end for Facebook? Not necessarily.

In a rebuttal posted on BBC’s website, writer Rory Cellan­Jones says he is skeptical about the whole thing. He says while Miller did conduct the survey, the variables were not disclosed. It is not clear how the research was conducted, how many teenagers were involved, or where and how they were selected to participate. Additionally, the conclusions drawn were from the U.K., not globally, as the study’s name implies.

On a personal note, I spent the holidays with family, including three of my cousins aged 13 to 19, who were constantly on Snapchat and Instagram. Two have Facebook accounts, which they rarely use. In that regard, I side with Miller, but I agree with Cellan­Jones in that the way the study was conducted is a little sketchy and very likely does not hail the decline of Facebook.

So whose side are you on?

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