The teenage demographic has been one of the hardest to figure out in terms of how they interact with Facebook and other social media sites. A comprehensive study by Common Sense Media shows that 68 percent of teens polled said that Facebook is their main social networking site. Interestingly enough, 36 percent wished they could go back to a time before Facebook.
Common Sense Media polled 1,030 teenagers about their digital habits, gaining some interesting answers. 90 percent of the teens questioned say they have used some form of social media, even admitting that they might be a bit addicted.
- 43 percent of those polled said they wish they could “unplug.”
- 36 percent wanted to go back to a time before the social network existed (52 percent of less happy teens felt this way; 28 percent of happier teens agreed).
- 45 percent said they get frustrated with their friends for texting or checking social media sites when they’re hanging out.
- 20 percent of teens with cell phones say they’re “addicted” to social media.
As one teen told Common Sense Media:
Technology and social networking has absorbed some of my close friendships, and they’ve dwindled. I miss the times where we could just go hang out and laugh.
The study also tackled the issue of what teenagers see when they log onto Facebook. Teens who said they wanted to unplug from Facebook reported seeing racist (32 percent), sexist (32 percent), or homophobic (31 percent) content.
Readers: Are you surprised to see that teenagers appear to be growing tired of being so plugged in?
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.