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Yes, Teenagers Don’t Tweet

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

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Source: Mashable

I am a mad Tweeter and my teenage son thinks I’m a loser. Maybe he’s right. Social media is a huge commitment that I feel guilty neglecting.

My son and his friends are big on Facebook, but he can’t see the value in sending out tiny messages to people he doesn’t know or care about (his words).

Facebook offers him a destination to create a persona, cultivate friends and feel like part of a community that he has created and can control.

And when you think of it like that it’s actually obvious why teenagers aren’t going for Twitter. Everything about their world is constantly changing from the ages of 13 to 19. What they’re seeking in order to balance the shifting sands is stability, control, a comfort zone. Facebook accommodates those needs perfectly, whereas Twitter adds to the uncertainty.

While I like the fact that every day I have up to a dozen new followers on Twitter, most of whom I have never met and may never meet, to my son that sounds like the worst form of hell.

So teenagers don’t tweet, big deal. I have enough trouble monitoring his Facebook usage. The last thing I need is for him to latch onto any other form of social media.

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