"That's not where the kids hang out." The Beginning of the End for Facebook

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Tue, Dec 17th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the takeaswing.com blog, product designer Chrys Bader looks at the declining number of teenage participants on Facebook and the inevitable exodus to the next generation of social networks.

Why people are leaving

Teens likely see Facebook the same way the Facebook generation sees LinkedIn — like a utilitarian place to manage connections.

Now that social networking has become universal, we’ve become increasingly sensitive to what we share on Facebook. Speaking on a stage in front of a mixed audience of family, friends, and acquaintances makes it hard for most of us to be our genuine and authentic selves. As a result, we tend to see people sharing only their proudest moments in an attempt to portray their best selves. We filter too much, and with that, we lose real human connection.

As your Facebook network becomes saturated, it can feel very public. It puts the focus on managing your image, rather than truly bonding with people. Young startups like Snapchat are providing shelter from the institution of Facebook by serving as a place where you can express yourself comfortably. A place where you don’t feel like your every move is being watched.

What teenager wants to hang out in the same place as their parents?

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