Yes, teenagers use Facebook. And although whether or not they’ll be using Facebook in a few years remains to be seen, the site does have a considerable presence among high-school students. The Pew Research Center recently examined how teens use social media, finding that they don’t like drama and having their parents connected to them, but they stay on Facebook because it plays a key part in the social experience. However, Facebook’s youngest users tend to have no problem configuring privacy settings.
One of the main topics concerning Facebook now is whether or not teenagers are getting tired of the site, or are avoiding the social network completely because it’s not cool. Younger users also likely have reservations about joining a site where their parents are, preferring Tumblr and other sites. Right Mix Marketing put together an infographic, offering some reasons why teens may not want to be active on Facebook.
Facebook launched another initiative aimed at keeping teens safe on the social network, teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General on a consumer-education program aimed at teens and their parents, elements of which will be hosted on the Facebook Safety page.
Teenagers are using all kinds of social networks nowadays — Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter — but they’re not really flocking to one exclusively. It seems like every month, a study shows that teens favor one social media site over another. Now a new study from Piper Jaffray claims that Facebook has beaten Twitter as the hot social network du jour.
Facebook has long been adamant about preventing cyberbullying, and the company announced recently that more controls are in place so teens can feel safer on the social network.
The teenage demographic has been one of the hardest to figure out in terms of how they interact with Facebook and other social media sites. A comprehensive study by Common Sense Media shows that 68 percent of teens polled said that Facebook is their main social networking site. Interestingly enough, 36 percent wished they could go back to a time before Facebook.
Six out of 10 teens have witnessed cruel behavior online, and 93 percent of those who have said it took place on Facebook, according to the results of a new study by McAfee, which also found that only one out of four parents is aware of that behavior.
A California teenager created a mobile app for The Home Depot, won $10,500 in a contest, and impressed a Facebook official enough to earn an internship with the company. However, Business Insider reports that the recent high school graduate is so heavily recruited that she’s weighing her options.
In terms of social media preferences, teenagers have been hard to quantify. A study released recently by youth market research firm Ypulse shows that more teens are bypassing Facebook to check in on Foursquare and post photos and thoughts on Tumblr.