Talking Tech: Have teens really ditched Facebook?

It is rumored that the most popular social media site in the world, Facebook, is losing support from its teen base. In the past 3 years the teenage demographics use of Facebook has fallen nearly 25%.As more parents and family members join Facebook, teens are turning to other forms of social media to communicate.

By Jefferson Graham, USA Today

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — If you believe the studies, teens have ditched Facebook, the number one social network.

Just this week, researcher iStrategy Labs said Facebook's teen base had fallen 25 percent in the past three years.

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Where are they going? Have they really fled Facebook?

We decided to go straight to the source to find out, visiting local high school Mira Costa to talk to students about their social media habits.

"Teenagers are getting frustrated with the amount of parents and family on Facebook," said Geoffrey St. John, 17, a photographer for his school newspaper, La Vista.

St. John and many of his fellow students said they prefer Twitter for communication and Instagram (owned by Facebook) for sharing photos and videos.

Twitter is popular with teens because "celebrities are on it all the time, you can communicate with them if you're lucky," says Sierra Williams, 17, a Costa senior. "You can do that on Facebook too, but I feel like Facebook is just more for older people."

Not all the students were anti-Facebook.

Annabelle Mirhashemi, 14, a freshman, says she's using Facebook more than ever. "In middle school I didn't have as many projects and academics to do in groups and stuff. It's much easier to send out notifications instead of having to set up a huge group text."

Fellow student Talia Gerard, 15, says she's used to Facebook.

"It's really easy to communicate with people. If you don't get someone's phone number it's kind of hard to reach them….but if you have Facebook Messenger you can reach anyone who has a Facebook."

Connor Layden, 16, says Facebook has too many ads. He prefers the (for now) un-cluttered feel of Twitter and Instagram.

Williams sums it up in typical fickle teen fashion. "Facebook is kind of old news.


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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