Twitter has been taking off as a primary social media destination for young people. It is now becoming more popular than Facebook, since the latter has expanded its audience to include old people. According to a new study, teens said that they are now walking away from Facebook because they hate the people on the network and the things that they share.
“The key is that there are fewer adults, fewer parents and just simply less complexity and less drama,” said Amanda Lenhart of the Pew Research Center. “They still have their Facebook profiles, but they spend less time on them and move to places like Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.”
According to the poll, 94% of teens have a Facebook profile, which is the same as last year. But one thing that has changed is that 26 percent of them are now on Twitter,which is more than double the 2011 rate of 12 percent. Most of the teens said that they keep their tweets public, and a quarter of them keep them private. About 12 percent had no idea.
More than 90 percent of teen social media users said they have posted a picture of themselves — up from 79 percent in 2006. Seven in ten disclose the city or town where they live, up from about 60 percent over the same time period. And 20 percent disclose their cell phone number — up sharply from a mere two percent in 2006.
At the same time, teens say they’ve taken steps to protect their reputations and mask information they don’t want others to know. For example, nearly three-quarters of teen social media users have deleted people from their networks or friends list.
The researchers surveyed 802 parents and their 802 teens. The poll was conducted between July 26 and September 30, 2012, on landline and cell phones. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.