Are Teens Sick of Facebook?
Teens are like, totes into Tweeting now.
Probably because Mom and Dad use it, Facebook has lost its spot as the most popular social network among teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray's semi-annual report on the habits of American teens.
How bad is it looking for the once-ubiquitous social network? As Huffington Post writes, "Facebook's popularity among teen users has been on a steady slide, with many complaining that its size, privacy risks and tendency to incite drama has made it a 'social burden.'"
The importance of decade-old Facebook is waning among teens with 23 percent citing it as the most important, down from 33 percent six months ago and 42 percent a year ago,according to Piper Jaffray's survey, which polled 8,650 teens. HuffPo put up a neat graphic from Jaffray's data that explains it all.
To add insult to injury, Jaffray's report adds that Facebook is now tied in popularity with Instagram, a network that's a third younger than Mark Zuckerberg's brainchild with a tenth of the amount of users.
Don't applaud Twitter just yet. Although the micro-blogging site came out as the coolest among teens, its popularity has actually dropped 4 percent since spring. Fickle and socially savvy teens have migrated over to Instagram (that's actually owned by Facebook), with double the amount of teens calling it the top social site.
“I got mine [Facebook account] around sixth grade. And I was really obsessed with it for a while," a 14-year-old female told Pew Research Center's 2013 Teens, Social Media and Privacy report. "Then towards eighth grade, I kind of just -- once you get into Twitter, if you make a Twitter and an Instagram, then you'll just kind of forget about Facebook, is what I did.”
Other social media services like Vine and Snapchat are also booming, according to the survey.
Facebook recently announced a new privacy setting in its effort to hang onto its younger crowd, as they now allow the 13-to-17-year-old set to share their pics, status updates and comments to the general public.
Don't cry for the country's richest CEO just yet. He might be losing some of his younger audience, but we're guessing his 1-billion user network won't go the way of MySpace any time soon.