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article imageTeens reject Facebook to escape their parents

By Nicole Froio     Dec 28, 2013 in Internet
A study has revealed that Facebook is not only unpopular among older teenagers but "basically dead and buried." Experts claim that Facebook has been replaced by Snapchat and Twitter.
After years of monopolizing top social networking lists, it seems that the number of Facebook users is now declining because young people now see the website as "uncool." It seems like the primary use for the website now is to keep in touch with old friends as opposed to actively socializing.
The study was done in University College London and Professor of anthropology Daniel Miller who worked on the European Union-funded research says that teenagers are now embarrassed by the social media website.
On the academic news website The Conversation he wrote: "Young people are turning away in their droves and adopting other social networks instead, while the worst people of all, their parents, continue to use the service.
"Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives. Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected.
"In response, the young are moving on to cooler things. What appears to be the most seminal moment in a young person's decision to leave Facebook was surely that dreaded day your mum sends you a friend request."
The study claims that teenagers are fleeing Facebook to escape from their parents.
The Global Social Media Impact Study also concluded that usage of Facebook by 16 to 18-year-olds from eight different countries sharply declined during 15 months of investigation.
Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter seem to be replacing the previous extremely popular website. The notable thing about these other platforms is that they are much simpler, even though Professor Miller admitted they are "no match" to Facebook's functionality.
He writes: "Most of the schoolchildren in our survey recognised that in many ways, Facebook is technically better than Twitter or Instagram. It is more integrated, better for photo albums, organising parties and more effective for observing people's relationships,"
Facebook's attempts to install a messaging system to take over this kind of network socializing has flopped as it seems that Whats App is the number one way to send private messages. The novelty of Snapchat's instant self-destructing low-res photos has also been well-accepted by teenagers who want to keep their privacy as opposed to sharing photos of their daily lives on Facebook.
It has been revealed that 350 million images are sent every day through Snapchat, according to the company themselves. Creators of the app reportedly declined an offer of a $3.2 billion buy-out from Facebook. Snapchat's co-founder Evan Spiegel still lives with his father.
The study also revealed that Snapchat is mostly used among close friends while WhatsApp is used to keep in touch with acquaintances. The once extremely popular with young people Facebook is now used to keep in touch with older family members and siblings who have gone to college.
Last October Piper Jaffray's semi-annual report on the habits of American teens also concluded that Facebook had lost it's number 1 spot. In July, Mark Zuckeberg had told investors that virtually the entire population of American teens were on Facebook and that there are no problems with the website.
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