Most don't work. As far as consumerism goes, they are at the mercy of their parents or guardians for stimulating the economy, with allowances and all that jazz. Years ago, my mother worked for a company that did tween and teen focused makeup lines. It was seriously one of her biggest sellers.
Teens set the trends, and I'm baffled as to why and how. Yet it seems the next bastion of teen influence is going to be in social media.
Seems to them the almighty Facebook has jumped the proverbial shark.
(Of course, I'm showing my age by using that reference. But that's besides the point.)
I've gotten older and crankier as time has gone on, but I have to say I agree with them. I'm on my second Facebook detox of this year, and I have to say, I am not eager to get back. Quite frankly, it's been too distracting. Sure, I can just not log in, and no one in any way is forcing me to stare blankly at my iPad, and comment on my friends' pictures. But if I don't have the temptation, I won't go on. And it's been great!
According to research done in previous years, Facebook was the king of all social media to teens, Twitter was behind. With the advent of Instagram, and almost it's instant gratification to a degree, Twitter has emerged as a more popular medium. I can get behind that, I suppose. Instant gratification is easy to understand.
Yet, there's a simple reason why teens are flocking to these alternatives to Facebook: expression.
“Teens who used sites like Twitter and Instagram reported feeling like they could better express themselves on these platforms, where they felt freed from the social expectations and constraints of Facebook,” the (Pew Research) report said.It's hard enough being a teenager these days what with peer pressure, school stress and feeling like living in fish bowl. Facebook can be too much of a good thing, expression-wise and getting noticed. For a culture that thrives on ADD activity like Twitter, Facebook may be too slow of an instant gratification process.
Expression is something else to consider. I had a lot to say, but really no outlets when I was a teen. I don't know if Facebook would have been good for someone like me when I was a teenager. But getting a constant flow of info, like Twitter or visual like Instagram.
There's also the element of hobbies and activities. Sites like Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram can be easily customized to get tailored info for what interests you - the true definition of user-generated news.
So what is the real issue at hand? Are teens really that influential? Or is their leaving Facebook an epidemic? It could be, because it seems that what made Facebook unique and special isn't so much anymore. I often said that when Facebook was new, it was great. Then it grew, and it's more of a sounding platform of businesses and a place to share memes. We could go elsewhere for that. There seems to be a gravitational pull of mini-sites to take away what we like about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and make that the focus. I like the photos and info sharing. I can keep in touch with my friends in other ways.
Facebook used to be one giant distraction. In 2013, there are multiple elements to distract us. That's the ADD culture I am used to.