A new report says that teenagers hate Facebook. Yet, they continue to use it. Why? Social pressures. They think it’s something they have to do. It’s a part of being cool and fitting in. I suppose it’s like doing the laundry. Laundry isn’t anything any of us want to do or particularly like to do, but it’s required. Society requires that we wash our clothes–that we have a minimum level of cleanliness.
I, too, joined Facebook for all the wrong reasons–not because I wanted to, but because I thought I had to. There’s been plenty of drama, too. Due to a complete misunderstanding, I have lost a friend of 25 years. I have tried to restore the friendship to no avail. I cannot tell you how much this grieves me.
A new report released this week from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that Facebook remains the leading social network among American teenagers. It’s also the most reviled. While some teenagers interviewed by Pew claimed they “enjoyed using it,” the majority complained of “an increasing adult presence, high-pressure or otherwise negative social interactions (‘drama’), or feeling overwhelmed by others who share too much.”
- Teens Hate Facebook, but Can’t Leave (mobile.slate.com)
- Pew: 94% Of Teens Use Facebook, Have 425 Facebook Friends, But Twitter & Instagram Adoption Way Up (marketingland.com)
- Report: Teens leave Facebook for Twitter, because they want less drama (geekwire.com)