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Teens Getting Tired of Facebook Drama, Pew Survey Finds

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Though Facebook is still the most popular social network among teens, their enthusiasm for Mark Zuckerberg's network is decreasing, according to new findings from the Pew Research Center.
Pew reports that 77% of online teens (ages 12-17) surveyed use Facebook. But while Pew's findings show that teens view Facebook participation as important for socializing, they have "waning enthusiasm for Facebook," as explained in the video above. The report cites teens' dislike for over-sharing and stressful "drama" on the social network. Teens also don't like the fact that more and more adults are joining Facebook, although Pew found that 7 in 10 teens are Facebook friends with their parents.
These grievances may be why teens seem to be getting more excited about other social networks.
Pew found 24% of online teens use Twitter, an increase from 16% in 2011. While 39% of African-American teens said they use Twitter, only 23% of white teens said the same.
Outside of Twitter and Facebook, teens don't have as much of an online presence. In 2012, 11% of teen social media users used Instagram, while Tumblr(5%), Google+ (3%) and Pinterest (1%) drew in even fewer teens.
Despite Justin Timberlake's star power on Myspace, only 7% of surveyed teens use the network, according to the Pew report. And all 7% said they used other social media accounts more frequently than MySpace.
Overall, however, Pew found that daily usage has not changed on social platforms in any significant way. "The frequency of teen social media usage may have reached a plateau," the report said.

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