Teens Leaving Facebook

Are Teenagers Abandoning Facebook? #Infographic

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?

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

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Kelvin Myles
Guest

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… Read more »

Tom Treanor
Guest

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.

How is this real?
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How is this real?

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

Tom Treanor
Guest

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.

Leon Chia
Guest

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… Read more »

Tom Treanor
Guest

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!

Louise Myers
Guest

Quite interesting news to me, not having a teen in the house – tho my daughter (23) has been less active on social media over her college years. Her Klout has dropped as mine has eclipsed hers – and she couldn’t care less. Nice job, Tom!

Tom Treanor
Guest

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!

Louise Myers
Guest

If I find out it’s more than time constraints, I’ll let you know. She was also running 3 blogs of her own that she hasn’t had time for, tho I think she still has a weekly post on Aery’s Sports. School + work keeps her quite busy πŸ˜‰

Luis
Guest

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.

Imran
Guest

Growing up with Facebook isn’t easy. Some give up.

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Mickey M
Guest

Very interesting infographic. A surprising observation..
Thanks!

Tom Treanor
Guest

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!

Pheonix
Guest

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 πŸ™‚

Peter Grove
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Peter Grove

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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