MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - If you believe the studies, teens have ditched Facebook, the number one social network.
Just this week, researcher iStrategy Labs said Facebook's teen base had fallen 25 percent in the past three years.Where are they going? Have they really fled Facebook?
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We decided to go straight to the source to find out, visiting local high school Mira Costa to talk to students about their social media habits."Teenagers are getting frustrated with the amount of parents and family on Facebook," said Geoffrey St. John, 17, a photographer for his school newspaper, La Vista.
St. John and many of his fellow students said they prefer Twitter for communication and Instagram (owned by Facebook) for sharing photos and videos.
Twitter is popular with teens because "celebrities are on it all the time, you can communicate with them if you're lucky," says Sierra Williams, 17, a Costa senior. "You can do that on Facebook too, but I feel like Facebook is just more for older people."Not all the students were anti-Facebook.
Annabelle Mirhashemi, 14, a freshman, says she's using Facebook more than ever. "In middle school I didn't have as many projects and academics to do in groups and stuff. It's much easier to send out notifications instead of having to set up a huge group text."
Fellow student Talia Gerard, 15, says she's used to Facebook."It's really easy to communicate with people. "If you don't get someone's phone number it's kind of hard to reach them....but if you have Facebook Messenger you can reach anyone who has a Facebook."
Connor Layden, 16, says Facebook has too many ads. He prefers the (for now) un-cluttered feel of Twitter and Instagram. Williams sums it up in typical fickle teen fashion. "Facebook is kind of old news."