Teenagers and the Facebook scandal

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.

Teenagers and the Facebook scandal. Oldhouseintheshires. #parenting. #humour
Funny llama or alpaca? No idea but it’s cute!

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.

 

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  • I laughed reading this because just this morning I was watching a joke video (on facebook) about a teen being interviewed by an older person. It nade fun of all the usual stereotypes for teens (being a snowflake, being attached to their phones and loving fancy Starbucks etc) when asked if she is proficient in technology she reals off all the social media sites except facebook. When its pointed out she missed facebook she laughs and says that’s silly, only old people use that 😁 (it was funnier in the video)
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      1. Oh haha! Yes, I’m going to look that up….thanks fo the inspiration again Tracey. Xx

  • You are right, on every single point. My son rolled his eyes at me at least 2 years ago at 15 and told me Facebook was dead. Still, somehow he saw my link to the post I did about him… I think these teenagers now just process info so fast, and on multiple platforms, that they keep needing new apps etc to keep them engaged. I’d hate to be Zuckerberg, trying to grab them! Having said all that, I am incredibly grateful that my boy at least likes to go surfing, and get away from technology; I can’t imagine how hard it must be for city parents to tear their kids away from screens…

    • Valid point although I think our teenagers are fed up with the over sharing culture and are reverting back to being teenagers we all knew and loved…don’t you think? I feel a nother post coming on!

    • That’s true…but then they’ll think he’s old and he’s basically screwed!

  • But doesn’t Mr Z own Insta which appears to be the young person’s social media app of choice if my teenager is anything to go by?!

  • Liberty’s point is a good one … Zucker”s kids will point the way when they’re old enough. After all FB wasn’t his own idea: he obviously knows a good thing when he sees it.

  • My children are all 6 and under (although to be honest the eldest still rolls her eyes at me) but that being said – I have moved away from facebook now also. For blogging in my view it is probably one of the least helpful social platforms. Pinterest and Twitter (and Instagram just because Ive always loved it) for the win! #bloggersbest

  • I knew Facebook was for the older ones now. I haven’t got a clue about some of the new apps and services. My mind will be blown in 10 years! Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest

    • I know! I wonder what your children will use…probably something attached to their retina and they’ll blink to Google!

  • Haha very funny! As a mum of three teens and beyond I am well aware of the Facebook/God-you-are-old scenario! It moves on so fast. I can keep up for now but once my children leave home I guess I will be stuck forever wherever I am at that point!

    • Yes, I know what you mean….will be completely out the loop.

  • LOL as far as I know Facebook is just for old fogeys like us….and so as far as the privacy scandal is concerned teenagers are probably the safest here! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub 100 with this x

    • Love the competition! Thanks for hosting.

  • Topical in light of the Cambridge Analytica news today. I always knew that finding out which Disney Princess I was most like would come to no good in the end! These youngsters don’t know what they are missing. Although, I do miss Facebook as it was and it isn’t just the young people that aren’t using it anymore. I use it much less too – although that could be a sign of how cool I am!!! Heaven forbid it falls into the Friends Reunited bin! Great post Sophie, thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond

    • Friends reunited!! Haha I had forgotten about that….yes, timely post with Cambridge Analytica!

    • Haha! Me too! My kids take pictures of the floor…what is that about?? something about a streak?

    • Haha! Join the ‘old’ gang in Facebook!

  • my kids mock me for my use of social media they rarely post on fb but use it for messaging. children 3 & 4 are very active though on Instagram. child 5 is a little bit but only for the perfect photo. Child 2 has to be phoned up to ask him to check fb for family updates and news. #tweensteensbeyond

    • Yes, it’s a mind field what they use these days!

  • Haha! Social media is only for teenagers at least that’s what they think Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  • Fantastic subject for a blog post. Yes, FB has been deserted by teens – it happened when our generation got involved and when it became more commercialised. I have read that the same thing will probably happen to Snap Chat eventually. They don’t use FB to share their own lives but they do tag each other in funny memes and pictures but even that is limited because they know I could see it! I’m not sure they can be attracted back now, whatever FB does. Also, us midlifers are the ones with more disposable income so we may be the more lucrative audience? We are still quite naive when it comes to what we see online so we may be fertile territory for brands etc. Love this post, thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Wow great comment, Sharon. Yes, I think we are a pretty naive audience tbh and I agree about the more lucrative audience. The problem is we are all getting older…..but then Facebook will no doubt evolve and still make money!

  • Wow, I’ve never really thought about it like that. It’s definitely my least favourite social media platform at this stage. I also get why teenagers aren’t attracted to it.
    Thanks for linking up to the #dreamteam

  • I read an article recently claiming baby boomers are the most active Facebook users – at first I was surprised but after thinking about it it makes sense for the reasons you have highlighted! #bloggersbest

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