Facebook isn’t Fun Anymore According to Recent Survey

STORY BY Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Published: June 5, 2013

I can’t say I’m surprised by the Pew Research Center’s latest findings facebook. According to the center’s report, today’s teens ages 12 to 17 find facebook to be a “social burden” that promotes “drama.” In other words, facebook has lost its fun.

As a 22-year-old, I feel the exact same about my fb account; it has become an annoying obligation that I just can’t seem to run away from.

Although I have tried to deactivate my account several times, I always come crawling back, mostly because I convince myself that I am “missing out” on something. Without fb, I feel cut off from the world, where I don’t know who’s dating who or who landed the best summer internship.

On a more serious note, I can’t message my friends who live in different parts of the world as they study abroad… I truly want to be able to keep in touch, whether that means having an hour-long fb chat with them or scrolling through their latest photo album.

Like me, most teens surveyed in the report say that they remain trapped in facebook’s evil web; 94 percent of those who utilize some sort of social media still have profiles on the site. If only I could be a member of that courageous 6 percent…

Chances are I will continue to have a facebook as long as it exists though. Unfortunatley as a college student who is pursuing a job in marketing, media, and journalism, having a facebook account has practically become an application requirement. I am completely serious that I have filled out not just one, but several, job or internship applications that specifically asked how many facebook friends I have.

I admit that I do in fact have a lot of facebook friends, but the fact is that I personally know less than 75 percent of them…. which is kind of creepy when you think about it. Why would I delete these strangers though when I’m counting on each of them to make me a more appealing job candidate?

I’m not the only one who accepts friend requests from strangers, according to the Pew study. Surveys showed that 33 percent of the teens are friends with people they’ve never met in person. At the same time however, some three-quarters of the teens have deleted friends on facebook.

I tell myself I don’t have the luxury to get rid of my annoying, longlost “friends” who fill up my newsfeed, but the reality is that I could if I really wanted to… In order to still demonstrate my social media popularity for future employers though, I believe I would have to join other media outsites, which is honestly my biggest fear. If facebook requires such a high amount of maintenance, how am I going to keep pace with Twitter, Instagram, and Vine all at the same time?

The Pew Research Center suggests that teenage facebook users are managing to multitask several different media platforms however, oftentimes in place of facebook. Instead of logging onto facebook, today’s teens opt for Twitter, Instagram, or MySpace time. (Who even knew that MySpace was still popular?)

In 2012, 26 percent of the teens surveyed had a Twitter account and 11 percent has an Instagram one. What is extremely interesting about these statistics is the fact that Twitter usage among the teens jumped 14 percentage points, from 12 percent in 2011 to the 26 percent in 2012. I’m willing to be that Twitter’s popularity will continue to climb in the few years, as it offers a low-maintenance, hassle-free environment to teens… Probably because their parents are less likely to have an account. Shockingly, 70 percent of teens surveyed are currently friends with at least one of their parents.

Perhaps this statistic should not shock me however, considering that I myself am friends with my mother. The scary thing is that whe it comes down to it, my feelings toward facebook closely resemble that of 12 to 17-year-old, which leads me to the following question: Are there any generations left that aren’t fed up with facebook?


Read the Pew Research Center’s full report here.


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