Teens Name Their Biggest Beefs With Facebook

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

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. (More Twitter stories.)

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