Not only have privacy issues taunted social media giants such as Facebook, but lately the spread of fake news has fallen on the giant’s shoulders along with its counterparts such as YouTube. Despite the bad publicity, however, users are still turning to these platforms daily.
In its recently released survey about Americans’ use of social media, the Pew Research Center found that neither the 69 percent of adults using Facebook (YouTube is highest at 73 percent) nor the 74 percent of users who visit Facebook daily has dropped in the last year. The category that did decrease was the Facebook usage of teens ages 13 to 17.
What’s the catch here? Given their young age, I can’t imagine that teenagers care more about data privacy than the adults in their lives. It could be that with the birth of Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook has become antiquated in their eyes. That’s what their mom and dad, aunt and uncle use. Or at the very least, that’s what they can use to see what their kids are doing.
According to the survey, lower-income teens gravitate toward Facebook more than those from higher-income households. I find this interesting and would like to learn more about the role money plays in how people choose what social media platform to use.