Facebook has historically been for the younger generation. Created by a group of college kids as a way for students to connect with each other, teens are Facebook’s primary audience. Fast forward a few years, what started out as a collegiate network has now encompassed the world and has changed the lives of people, young and old.
Facebook is morphing to be quite the hangout for parents and even grandparents nowadays. Through the burgeoning social network, the older generations has surprisingly found the most use of Facebook’s social networking capabilities. Looking up former classmates and flings is a common pastime for parents, closely followed by monitoring their children’s online activity.
Because of this, perhaps, teens are tired of Facebook, now more than ever. According to a new study by Pew Research Center, teenagers are becoming fed up with Facebook, though not enough to abandon it completely. According to the research, around 70% of teens are friends with their parents on Facebook. Because of this, teenage sentiment of parents being nosy are rising on the social network. A 17-year old boy has even gone as far as to say, “If I don’t get privacy at home, at least, I think, I should get privacy on a social network.”
Aside from parental supervision woes, teens are also becoming tired of the increasing amount of real-life drama leaking into Facebook. Instead of being a place to catch up with friends and family, real-life drama is tarnishing the Facebook experience for teens.
Bullying, in particular, is reaching new heights in the social network. This may be due to a curtain of privacy provided by sockpuppets – fake accounts that people use to post things that they wouldn’t want displayed on their profiles otherwise. In fact, a 14-year old girl said that “I think Facebook can be fun, but also it’s drama central. On Facebook, people imply things and say things, even just by a like, that they wouldn’t say in real life.”
To compensate, Facebook users are moving to Twitter, Tumblr and Snapchat. However, the solid grip that Facebook has on most of everyone’s personal data ensures that even teenagers who don’t like Facebook anymore aren’t likely to stop logging in anytime soon.