As we all remember from our own teen years of those of our children, fads and favorites among young people come and go at a moment's notice. The same may be said about fads and favorites in the world of consumer technology and, in particular, social media.
Who remembers MySpace? That was THE big thing for young people. Now, it seems to be used mainly by some musicians and others in the arts. But for most teens, the mention of My Space would probably draw the same blank stare as if you mentioned 45's.
So I might add a grain of salt or two to the new report from Pew Internet that says teens have "waning enthusiasm" for Facebook and that they're spending more time on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
One reason they say they're not as active on Facebook is because that platform has become popular with adults. It's not cool for kids to be hanging out in the same space as their parents, after all. OMG, how embarrassing!
Another reason they're moving away from Facebook is because there's too much sharing of teen drama and inane things like "what I ate for dinner." Really? Have they looked at most of the tweets on Twitter, including those posted by adults?
Pew says 94 percent of teens active on social media are on Facebook, which is unchanged from a year ago. Twenty-six percent are on Twitter, which is more than twice the amount a year ago.
The study shows that teens are being a bit more careful about sharing their personal information, which is good.
But I'm not sure what these numbers mean, since they could be totally different a year from now when teens discover the next big thing online.