Are Teenagers Abandoning Facebook? #Infographic

Teens Leaving Facebook

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We produced this infographic exploring the recent trends for teenagers related to Facebook and Social Media. We all hear anecdotally about the movement of teens to other (often mobile-centric) Social Media platforms.

So what did we discover?

  • For Facebook North American active users numbers are declining
  • The average age of Facebook users has risen from 38 to 41 years old
  • The number of Moms getting on Facebook is rising sharply
  • Teens are increasingly going mobile and Facebook is not their favorite app
  • There are a lot of hot, new apps like Kik Messenger, WhatsApp and SnapChat that are grabbing the attention of teenagers

It’s all displayed below for you in this “hot of the press” infographic. Enjoy and feel free to share or embed using the code below the infographic!

Are Teens Bored of Facebook?? #Infographic

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So what’s your take?

Will teenagers increasingly abandon Facebook and move to other Social Media sites? Will Facebook’s focus on mobile stop the exodus?

Note: Additional credit to Katherine Lajkosz and Mathew Kallechy at Social Lantern

Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.


  1. Fascinating Infographic and very much in line with what I hear from my kids – they use Ad blockers and any other technology available to stop the annoyances and are turning to their phones more and more to have ‘private’ conversations.

    As with any platform it ends up being bombarded by marketers of all shapes and sizes and the younger generation really seem to object to that – I don’t like it either but understand that these sites need an income to survive.

    Sadly ‘free’ has become an expectation on the internet – if Facebook was to introduce a reasonable optional ‘membership fee’ and remove the ads, I for one would welcome it.

    Thanks for the info :)

    Kelvin Myles
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    1. Hi Kevin,
      Yes. I agree with your points. I also think they’re looking for new, fun ways to interact and share, so the new mobile apps deliver on that. I’m with you that we’re stuck in a free expectation cycle. Small subscription fees would end that but the genie’s already out of the bottle!
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Was this infographic made by an 8 year old using MS Paint? The fonts! The clipart! The grammar! MY EYES!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. The designer was having fun with a playful style for this one and I went with it. It won’t work for everyone, but I’m glad you took a look anyway.

  3. Seems to be a growing trend. My thought has always been that teens haven’t lived enough of life to have very significant things to share on Facebook. Adults would have (which might explain why Facebook users are getting “older”). So, with the recent growth in popular “quick-share” apps like Instagram, attention has shifted.

    Now that Facebook gaming isn’t as popular as it was a couple of years ago, teens have less reason to go onto Facebook. Along with the current over-sharing of memes, scam pages/photos, slapstick humour, etc., I think Facebook has lost a lot of its past focus. Even as an adult myself, I wish my friends would share more of their lives rather than yet another Page’s funny “viral” post.

    The parent factor is a good point – I think I have to think about that relative to my own kids!
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    1. Leon,
      Great points about teens not having as much to share. I hear you about the over-sharing of memes and other pages funny pictures. Yes, that leaves out the personal side that can be more interesting.
      When my kids get active in social media I’ll have to figure it out too.
      Thanks for your comment!

    1. Louise,
      I’d be curious to hear her perspective on social media as a college student. That’s probably a whole other topic!
      Yes, I would imagine that her klout has dropped and that yours has done quite well. You’ve been upping your activity while she’s on hiatus (?).
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great infographic! Plan on using it during a Dig Cit presentation at NETA (Nebraska Education Technology Association) in Omaha on April 25-26 entitled Building Relationships in a Digital World.

    FYI – at the bottom of the graphic there’s a misuse of a word: “then” should be “than” when used in a comparison. “Recent studies show that more teens are using Tumblr THAN Facebook.”

    Thanks for putting this together!

    1. Hi Graci – thank you and feel free to use it at NETA! Yes, that misuse made it through our editing process. Thanks for letting us know and I appreciate your comment!

  5. An interesting infographic. I guess statistics do have some credibility behind them, so it’s pretty believable. I think anyone can see that Twitter is taking over the web, but it has it’s benefits when it comes to SEO and online marketing, just like Facebook does.
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  7. Cool info graphic, I’m a teen and I’m over Facebook, over social media pretty much, I’m coming to the realisation that school and the drama is coming home and entering my ” safe space “. I don’t get a place where I can just chill. I suppose a fair few adults would already feel this way, but it’s just clicked with me… anyhow just to add credibility somewhat to the info graphic :)

  8. I think Facebook abandoned teenagers a long time ago. Changing privacy settings, leaking groups onto the timeline. Beacon. etc etc

    This is just Karma working her magic.

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