The dudes from Entourage were wrong about Facebook. A few days ago we wrote a post about the two characters from Entourage bashing Facebook, saying it’s for kids. A new study from Ofcom, a media regulator, says kids aged 15 to 24 think social networking sites are lame. What’s causing this trend? Well it’s the older crowd, the 25-years and older, that’s pushing the younger kids away from social networking sites.
Fifty percent of 15 to 24-year olds continue to use social networking which is a 5% drop since the start of last year. In contrast, there’s a 6% increase in the usage among 25 to 34-year olds, now with a total of 46%.
Peter Phillips, Ofcom’s head of strategy, says kids haven’t really left the sites but are spending less time on them, “There is nothing to suggest overall usage of the internet among 15-to 24-year-olds is going down, data suggests they are spending less time on social networking sites.”
Looking at these numbers, one has to wonder if the 5% drop in visiting social networking sites is a result of 24-years old turning 25 and now being categorized into the older category. That might be one of the flaws in the study. At the same time, sites like Twitter have exploded because of the older crowd, not the young kids. Twitter has become a source for the latest news stories, celebrity gossip and customer service for companies.
Like I mentioned in my last post, my Facebook use has declined every month since I graduated college. I rarely log in but when I do, I usually leave within the minute. The decline in usage among the younger crowd could end up being a combination of younger kids spending less time on the sites and the 24-year olds, now being categorized in the older group.
Keeping that in mind, I’ve still noticed an increase in my former HS, JHS and elementary school teachers, including parents, on Facebook and Twitter. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but who wants to really talk to their former teachers on these social networking sites. I want to interact with my friends, when did teachers fit into my friends category?