You thought you knew everything you needed to know about your kids from Facebook. But guess what? Some of them are leaving Facebook and heading to Twitter just so you can’t see what they’re up to.
A new phenomenon finds teens increasingly adopting Twitter, despite conventional wisdom that most users of the social network are older adults. The Associated Press reports that a Pew survey taken last year found that, “…16 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, said they used Twitter. Two years earlier, that percentage was just 8 percent.” Pew researchers believe the number is even higher now and likely to keep growing exponentially.
According to the Associated Press, here are some reasons why teens are switching to Twitter:
- Because their parents don’t have Twitter accounts.
- Because they can use Twitter handles that are not their real names.
- Because they can lock their Twitter accounts so that their tweets are only seen by a chosen few and are not public.
- Because they can open multiple Twitter accounts.
Teens feel so many of their parents became Facebook savvy that they could no longer have a private conversation among friends. Add to that their frustration at having too many “friends” on Facebook that aren’t really friends, and some have taken to adopting Twitter as their new home for social networking.
So mom and dad, if you don’t even understand what Twitter is, now’s the time to start educating yourself. You’ll have to know how to use both Twitter and Facebook if you want some idea of what your teenagers are doing. Meantime let’s hope they don’t invent yet another social network for us to keep up with …
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