Teens Name Their Biggest Beefs With Facebook
Parents, drama, prolific posters
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 8:21 AM CDT
Too many parents?   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – The vast majority of teens (to the tune of 94% in 2012) are on Facebook, but many of them are gravitating toward Twitter and other social media sites that their parents don't tend to use, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Researchers found that teenage Facebook users—70% of whom are "friends" with their parents—consider the site a necessary part of socializing, but are losing enthusiasm for it because of overzealous posters, the "drama," and the growing number of adults using Facebook.

"They still have their Facebook profiles, but they spend less time on them and move to places like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr," one of the study's authors tells the AP. And while that aforementioned 94% figure is flat year-over-year, the 26% of teens on Twitter last year is more than double the 12% who used it in 2011. The study also found that teens are sharing a lot more about themselves on social media than in years past, with 90% having posted a picture of themselves, up from 79% in 2006, and 20% making their cell phone number public, up from just 2% in 2006. Only 9% of the teens polled said they were "very concerned" about third parties accessing their data.

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gomer99
May 22, 2013 10:49 PM CDT
Zombies rule.........apparently.
HMD-SMD-ITY
May 22, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
First it was Myspace. I never opened up an account there because I saw how it wasted so many people's lives. Not that I didn't use social media before. Anyone out there do Fidonet? I had a Fido account and we sent and received messages, sold surplus items, exchanged files, and pretty much messed around in the pre-internet days. But I finally caved in to pressure and opened up a facebook page. But I have kept the friends to under 100 and pretty much only use it to get access to other news blogging sites. So you go to any college campus and see the zombies walking around with their heads aimed down at the phone and I just love to watch them walk into things like holes dug for new trees and then the new tree (on the next day). Life is hilarious with Facebook.
clmsman
May 22, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
The "look at me I'm so special" generation has a beef with Facebook. What another useless piece of crap Facebook is. I recently got rid of my cable and dropped the sat radio and the phone land line and guess what I don't miss them. Had a Facebook account just a bunch of creepy people trying to befriend you, cancelled the account. So many distraction to actually living your life none of this stuff matters a grain of sand on the beach.