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Teen rage on Facebook is ebbing, says new study
PTI
Washington, May 22, 2013
First Published: 21:59 IST(22/5/2013)
Last Updated: 02:35 IST(23/5/2013)

Facebook is considered more a social burden than a loved networking site by young users, a recent study has found.

The study, conducted by Pew Research Centre on children between the age group of 12 to 17, found Facebook was losing its crucial demographic, which long fuelled its success.

According to the Huffington Post, teens are increasingly abandoning Facebook for other sites such as Instagram, Twitter, MySpace where they tend to have more privacy, which has become rare on Facebook due to parents being on the friends’ list.

Teens consider the site is overrun by parents and leads to unnecessary “social drama”.

Contrary to the study, Facebook has claimed it is pleased by the high level of engagement by its users especially the young, who are the most active.

The study found that teens are revising their friends’ list, by deleting and blocking users. Girls are more likely to delete users from their list than boys.

Privacy concerns top teens’ list. A majority of 60% has set their profiles to private, compared to only 5%, who tweak their privacy to limit what their parents see. Teens are concerned about their privacy but are also keen to share their personal details like location, email address and phone number online, the study said.


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