"Wireless Wednesday"–Facebook for Teens and Seniors?

weBoost | August 14, 2013

This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re talking about Facebook and the people that use it (virtually everyone it seems like).

We are specifically looking at two separate articles from @Mashable about the social network. One is titled “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook”, and the other is a statistical write-up about seniors and Facebook. Let’s take a closer look at the two articles below–

First off, let’s look at Facebook with the younger generation. 13 year old author Ruby Karp writes in her @Mashable article the following–

I’m a teen living in New York. All of my friends have social networks — Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc. Facebook used to be all I could talk about when I was younger. “Mom, I want a Facebook!” and other whining only a mother could put up with.

But now, at 13, I’ve been noticing something different. Facebook is losing teens lately, and I think I know why.

Part of the reason Facebook is losing my generation’s attention is the fact that there are other networks now. When I was 10, I wasn’t old enough to have a Facebook. But a magical thing called Instagram had just come out … and our parents had no idea there was an age limit. Rapidly, all my friends got Instagrams.

Now, when we are old enough to get Facebook, we don’t want it. By the time we could have Facebooks, we were already obsessed with Instagram.

Facebook was just this thing all our parents seemed to have.

This leads me into my next point: Although I do have a Facebook, none of my other friends do. My friends just thought it was a waste of time. I decided to get a Facebook just to see what it was all about. I soon discovered that Facebook is useless without friends. My only friend is, like, my grandma.

Teens are followers. That’s just what we are. If all my friends are getting this cool new thing called Snapchat, I want it, too!

We want what’s trending, and if Facebook isn’t “trending,” teens won’t care.

Interesting insight. Are your teens on Facebook? Do you see this shift happening to other social networks? Now let’s switch gears and take a look at seniors and Facebook, where the opposite is true.

Seniors citizens in the United States are finally jumping on the social media bandwagon. This year, 43% of Americans over 65 use at least one social networking site, compared with 26% in 2010 and 1% in 2008.

While seniors have adopted social media at the highest rate over the past two years, the percentage that uses social media still trails behind other age groups in the U.S. They are the only group yet to reach 50% adoption. In 2013, 89% of 18 to 29-year-olds, 78% of 30 to 49-year-olds and 60% of 50 to 64-year-olds are active on the social web.

Are you a Facebook user? What do you make of these articles? Is Facebook on its way to extinction with the younger generation? Is it becoming too outdated? Let us know what you think in the comments section below, or on Facebook (ha!) or Twitter.

To read these entire articles or to see them in their original format, click here and here.