Facebook is quickly becoming a spooky graveyard, bereft of teens, populated by only a few try-hard adults and a pile of old elephant bones according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. There’s also a lot of drama there. Specifically: too much drama.
As the AP puts it:
“Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook.”
The study found that while the number of teens active on social media who use Facebook has remained flat since last year (94%), the percentage with a Twitter account has more than doubled since 2011, to 26% (up from 12%). The amount of time Allie M. spends gossiping on Facebook about people's boyfriends like she knows them has increased 1000%.
Researcher Amanda Lenhart cited the presence of “fewer adults, fewer parents” on Twitter as one reason children are flocking there to set up Lord of the Flies-type brutal kidtatorships.
Another reason teens are cooling on Facebook: the ubiquity of drama.
"Facebook just really seems to have more drama," said 16-year-old Jaime Esquivel, a junior at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Va., in an interview.
Of the 802 teens surveyed, over 60 percent reported that their Twitter accounts were public, making it possible for adults who act like they’re in high school to anonymously follow and make fun of them. Twelve percent of the teens (the dumb teens) said they had no idea whether their tweets were public or private.
The teens also confirmed that Pew's poll was awk, somewhat sketch, and really random, no offense.
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