Older teenagers are leaving Facebook in favor of Twitter and Snapchat, according to e Europe-wide Global Social Media Impact Study.. Facebook is become ‘uncool and is dead and buried’ as far as 16 to 18-year-olds in the UK are concerned.
Daniel Miller who ran the study: ‘Facebook is not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried. Mostly they feel embarrassed to even be associated with it. 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.’ Many teens across Europe are apparently flocking to Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp in search of privacy from their parents:
‘What appears to be the most seminal moment in a young person’s decision to leave Facebook was surely that dreaded day your mom sends you a friend request.’
The fear of parents looking in on their Facebook activity was named the age group’s biggest concern ahead of other invasive activity such as information being used for commercial purposes or governmental surveillance.
‘Facebook has become the link with older family, or even older siblings who have gone to university. It is nothing new that young people care about style and status in relation to their peers, and Facebook is simply not cool any more.’