The Facebook scandal was a few weeks ago now. Whatever your thoughts on this, it is clear that many, many people had their personal data shared (81 million in the latest press reports). I’m not at all surprised that data was shared as this is happening all the time even when we are shopping on the internet. Mr Zuckerberg has done his best to reassure us all and yes, some people will leave Facebook but let’s be real here, you can’t delete your online presence completely. Deleting your Facebook account won’t be enough to stop your data being stored or shared. I’m not saying what happened was right but Mr Zuckerberg has a greater challenge on his hands in my view; attracting younger users. According to my teenagers, Facebook is dead and it has nothing to do with this latest scandal.
Funny Llama videos anyone?
We all know that my teenagers think I’m stupid . They often remind me how to do all sorts of things that apparently, according to my age, are purely beyond me. I can’t possibly work the TV remote or know who Avicii was. They roll their eyes and remind me that I lived my youth in the dark ages of the 1980’s when Pac-Man was the latest Fortnite. The one thing that really gets them debating with me, is my use of social media and especially, Facebook. I must admit that I’m now a massive Twitter fan and my use of Facebook has declined somewhat but I do still look at funny cats or llamas on Facebook. And those sloths in the sanctuary that get washed and then hung up to dry, are just too cute to delete my account. I also liked those stupid quiz’s at one point; you know the ones where you find out what Popstar you might be by answering questions. Of course, we know that Cambridge Analytica were busy storing what kind of Popstar I was all along so I’ve stopped scrolling through the crap Clickbait that had me trapped for too long. However, my teenagers knew that Facebook was rotting my brain long before I did. In fact, they would never use Facebook in the first place and it’s all my fault.
Is Facebook for old people?
As a parent, whatever I do is not cool. I expect if you are reading this and you have teenagers then you may be nodding your head as you know it too. You can try your best to know your Stormzy from your Stormi but at the end of the day it doesn’t actually matter. Whatever you do will not be cool in the eyes of your teenagers. This is why my teenagers and yours would never, ever use Facebook. Facebook is for old people according to my teenagers and their friends and that is more of a scandal for Mr Zuckerberg than data sharing. Unless old people stop using Facebook then teenagers will stay away. The chance of this is slim; old people like their routine and enjoy silly llama and cat videos. Teenagers are always looking for the next, new thing so Facebook will never be cool to them. As us old people get even older, who will be there to scroll through Facebook updates and our cousins baby photos?
So, whether your teenagers use Snapchat, Kik, Yik Yak or any other ridiculously named messaging apps, you can bet it will never be Facebook unless the clever Mr Zuckerberg comes up with an almighty plan to entertain the teenagers. Let’s face it, he’s far cleverer than me so I’m sure he has a plan but if not, perhaps he could admit defeat and join us in our quest for the cutest animal baby? Now, there’s an app I must look into……
*Disclaimer; all these views are my own and are meant in jest. I really have no idea what I’m talking about as I am a parent of teenagers.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.