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Facebook will go the way of MySpace eventually. When kids in braces start mocking your social media service, you are doomed.
Of course! If these parents were kids today, they probably wouldn't like it if their parents tried to track their every move, either! I swear the way parenting is going nowadays the next thing to come will be a under-the-skin GPS chip to track your kid. Parents would probably buy it and force their kids to get it....
Why do you think Facebook bought Instagram?
Facebook is just a Christmas card letter (for those who still send them) that never ends. It's tough being young these days - between hipsters and your parents trying to be you there is about a 10-second time delay on the Next Big Thing.
Facebook is fine. They also bought Instagram which is what all the Tweens and teens use now.
I think it's a much broader defection from Facebook than just 16 year olds choosing a different service because their parents regularly access FB. My guess is that stats on FB use would show that the generation that built Facebook, the ones who are 25-35 now, aren't actually posting much anymore. They read everyone's FB religously, but they view people who post a lot as ovetly needy and don't especially bother to generate content anymore. I'm sure FB keeps precise data on this and I could be very wrong, but observation of my kids and their peers' FB pages makes me think that the ones who've been using it the longest are wearing out on the concept for themselves.
It's not just kids, I'm 37 and I almost never use FB anymore. I don't need constant potty training updates or to read whining about how much laundry someone has to do. I vastly prefer Twitter, and even there it get to be sometimes too much. The best thing to do, I've found, is to simply stay off social media for the most part, and check in once or twice a day.
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I wouldn't Sign Up for, and/or Use, Facebook if I was paid to do so. The current news story about Edward Snowden, and all the Intelligence-Gathering activities of the National Security Agency (NSA), illustrates that Facebook is just one way of "Opening" yourself up to Government Surveillance. Even when you haven't done anything wrong, contacted any terrorist groups, gotten lost in the desert, etc. Facebook users beware! You are gambling your personal privacy away.
Interesting story. I coached at the UofM for over a decade. Three years ago some of the students didn't even have an email address. They had to have an assigned one at the U, but didn't choose to have a gmail or yahoo, etc account. They were opting out of FB also. I mainly use Twitter and I'm nearing 70.
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