Judging by the last few text messages I exchanged with a teenager — and I feel as if I’m being generous by calling his texts actual messages since that seems to denote I received some kind of full sentence or even just correctly spelled words and proper punctuation — there’s no doubt in my mind that kids these days like to keep everything in their life as short and to-the-point as possible.
My suspicions were confirmed upon reading that more teens now prefer Twitter to Facebook. Yahoo Finance reports on Piper-Jaffray‘s semi-annual teen market report, which found that 26 percent of teens think keeping their chatter to 140 characters is “more important” than Facebook, which was voted the best by just 23 percent of those surveyed (a number that is down from a one-time high of 42 percent).
However, it’s not all retweets and favorites for Twitter, as the report cites Facebook-owned Instagram is close on its heels, rising in popularity by 12 percentage points in the past year.
Even Facebook CEO Mark Zucerkberg admits Facebook has fallen out of favor with kids, saying in a recent discussion with The Atlantic that “coolness is done for us.”
But that doesn’t mean teens are actually done with Facebook. The Pew Research Center says that “focus group discussions with teens show that they have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful ‘drama,’ but they keep using it because participation is an important part of overall teenage socializing.”
It would seem another part of overall teenage socializing is doing it away from boring adults (like me) — and especially those (like me) who judge them for the brevity of their interactions, which just so happens to be the hallmark of Twitter.
Check out this handy parent’s guide to social media for parents for more of what teens are doing online
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