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Facebook ‘dead and buried’ as teens switch to Snapchat and Whatsapp

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Teens are embarrassed to even be associated with the social network as more and more parents attempt to ‘friend’ their children

eenagers are turning their back on Facebook ‘in their droves’ and switching to simpler social networks and messaging apps, new research has found.

Not only are 16-18 year olds moving on to rivals such as Snapchat, Whatsapp and even Twitter, teens are embarrassed to be so much as associated with Facebook, as their parents adopt the network, researchers said.

“Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives,” said Daniel Miller, a Professor of Anthropology at University College London, who works on the Global Social Media Impact Study.

“Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected. In response, the young are moving on to cooler things.

“What we’ve learned from working with 16-18 year olds in the UK is that Facebook is not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried.”

Prof Miller, writing on academic news website the Conversation, added that the research found that “slick isn’t always best” as even the teenagers that took part in the study admitted that Facebook is technically better than its rivals.

“It is more integrated, better for photo albums, organising parties and more effective for observing people’s relationships,” he said, yet other factors are much more important  to teens – namely the fact they are likely to get a friend request from their mum on Facebook.

“You just can’t be young and free if you know your parents can access your every indiscretion,” he said.

“It is nothing new that young people care about style and status in relation to their peers, and Facebook is simply not cool anymore.”

Instead, rather than using the network to communicate with each other, teens use Facebook as a link to older family and older siblings who have gone to university.

“To prevent overgrazing as others beasts have occupied its terrain, Facebook has to feed off somewhere else. It has thereby evolved into a very different animal,” Prof Miller concluded.

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Surprise: Teenagers Say Facebook Isn’t Their Most Used Site !

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

–> the idea of progress

–> spaces and exchanges

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/04/14/fomo-addiction-the-fear-of-missing-out/

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-used-web-products-tumblr-facebook-2013-1

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57578858-71/teens-facebooks-becoming-more-meh/?subj=cnet&tag=title

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57572154-93/why-teens-are-tiring-of-facebook/

School lunches: Push for healthier foods faces barriers

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Parents fighting for healthy lunches at school : more here

Older teenagers ‘stop exercising’

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The majority of 19-year-olds in England do not take regular exercise once they have left school, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats.

Only 30% of 19-year-olds participate in at least 30 minutes of sport, of at least moderate intensity, three times a week or more.

And just 20% of sixth formers reach the target of three hours of sport a week.

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds doing sport at least once a month has been in decline over the past four years.

The statistics – provided by Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – were obtained by the Liberal Democrats in response to a parliamentary question.

‘Obesity time-bomb’

The figures show 37% of 16-year-olds, 35% of 17-year-olds and 31% of 18-year-olds take part in at least 30 minutes of sport, of at least moderate intensity, at least three times a week.

There has also been a steady decline in the percentage of teenagers participating in at least one active sport a month.

In 2005-06, 83% of 16-year-olds were active once a month, but this fell to 78% in 2008-09.

Liberal Democrat sport spokesman Don Foster said: “Ministers’ claims over successes in school sport mask the fact that large numbers of children still aren’t doing enough exercise.

“Despite the government pumping billions of pounds into school sport, many older children are doing very little exercise and dropping out completely once they leave.

“It’s ludicrous for ministers to be making commitments to raise the time children spend playing sport to five hours a week when some are doing less than half an hour a week.

“With the country threatened by an obesity time-bomb, it is vital that the government gets the basics right before making grand promises.”

more at : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8339887.stm