Yep, Teens Hate Facebook, but It Doesn't Matter
Big European study confirms trend, but Zuckerberg has bigger goals
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Facebook is losing popularity with teens, but it probably doesn't matter much.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – A comprehensive study in Europe confirms a not-so-surprising point about teenagers: They're ditching Facebook in large numbers for other services such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, reports the Guardian. In fact, the lead researcher uses the phrase "dead and buried" to describe how teens feel about Facebook in a post at the Conversation. The short version of why teens are leaving is, of course, that their parents have signed on, and it's safe to say that the trend holds true for the US. So is this cause for concern for Mark Zuckerberg? Hardly:

  • Selena Larson, ReadWrite: "Truth is, Facebook might not need teens as much as many people seem to think. Facebook is attempting to become a platform for finding and sharing news and current events, not just for interacting with friends." In short, parents are the real target of the future.
  • Ryan Tate, Wired: "Zuckerberg has been telling people for years that he wants to turn the service into a global utility, akin to the power grid or the water supply—something that feeds everything else you do. Kids don’t appreciate utilities. That’s just the way it is. But as they get older, they eventually look on them very differently."

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Shaun
Jan 9, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Yeah thats right no one likes fb anymore.Everybody is using Pinterest and http://crokes.com (Crokes) these days.Everybody recommends them these days.Great site.
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 29, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Some kid's grandmother sends a friend request. Next thing you get are updates on her recipe page for Apple Betty. You toss your phone out the window into the drink.
iq145
Dec 28, 2013 11:56 PM CST
Facebook: Here's the problem: Ok, so this kid invented a new kind of website. Fine. But he has ZERO experience as a CEO. Vote him out and elect a new one who correctly represents the interests of the investors, and not childish ego. i look forward to the inevitable (and comical) crash of Facebook. They're nothing but trouble. They pretend their 'goal' is to unite long lost family and friends. But their true goal is to make loads of money through advertising and spam. Nothing more...