Another study is out that is reporting that teens are leaving Facebook faster than you can say “What ever happened to Tom on MySpace?” Ok, not that fast, but the number of new teen users on the site is in decline. According to the study as reported by Mashable.com, “88% of 13- to 17-year-old social media users in the U.S. were on Facebook — a drop from 94% in 2013 and 95% in 2012.” So it’s not a huge drop yet, but it is a trend that teens are leaving. So, is this a good thing or bad for our culture? Well, personally I feel that it’s not gonna make a huge significant difference if teens are not on Facebook because they’re just using other social apps that are probably just as unsafe, or maybe even less safe than Zuckerberg’s site. In some cases, if it’s SnapChat, then they’re probably getting themselves in more trouble than on Facebook since the photo sharing app is more private and is harder for parents to keep tabs on. Regardless of what sites they’re using, it’s all in how they use them. As long as the pop culture promotes bad behavior, kids will continue to imitate it online. I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.
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Background Material: http://mashable.com/2014/12/19/study-teens-fleeing-facebook/