Parents Drive Away Teenagers From Facebook

Joyce Singha By Joyce Singha, 9th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3d69o52p/
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Unmasking the dilemma of Facebook business and its latest discovery of dwindling audience: Teenagers. Where have Teenagers moved to?

What's up with teenagers?

Who has been able to understand teenagers? Till today, not many have succeeded; science has been able to put its finger on the problem but it hasn't been able to exactly determine the nature of it. The cause has been found but struggle to tame it has not! Psychologists and others have studied the teenage brain, found it different but then what? According to a study published in Science Daily: Psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, neuroscientists, criminal justice professionals and parents are engaged in a daily struggle to understand and solve the enigma of teenage risky behaviors. Such behaviors impact not only the teenagers who obviously put themselves at serious and lasting risk but also families and societies in general." Simply put, a teenage brain is in a state of flux somewhat like changing seasons which throw people off gear with their emotions, health and thinking.

Teenagers and Facebook

In short, adults, parents and scientists are aware of the erratic nature of a teenage brain. In fact, study or no study, most know what teenagers are like; they're loud, obnoxious, stubborn, risk takers, foolhardy, smart, intelligent and muddled; It's their involvement with Facebook that skyrocketed its stock numbers and it is their departure that will be the downfall of Facebook as well. However, Facebook, as a social network, seems to be doing just fine with all ages and groups. As long as there are humans, teenagers are going to remain a big part of it; it also ensures society's fickle nature because of this very capricious group. When one group feels it is done with Facebook, there will be another group of teenagers ready to do exactly what the previous group of teenagers did!

Did parents win or lose?

So, what could be driving away at least half of teenagers from Facebook? It's the parents, of course!
Teenagers are unpredictable and that's what parents forgot. This very important tenet about the teenage brain was somehow overlooked when parents went in search of Facebook and their teens. Parents thought they finally nailed it but alas wherever parents are, teenagers are quick to get away. Teenagers left their homes to dive into iPhones, iPads and iMacs and all things starting with i. Apple seems to be popular with teenagers. Why not, their parents not them are paying hefty prices! In return, parents also looked forward to a peek into the game of teenagers. In fact, some parents found Facebook so 'cool' they just stayed there, with the result, teenagers decided to bolt from Facebook for other avenues like Twitter and Instagram. Unfortunately, parents will have to find other ways of peeking. Teenagers are done with Facebook; they're bored! Parents succeeded (somewhat) in finding and liking what their teenagers did but as soon as teenagers found their parents and other adults liking what they did, off they went to find something special for only themselves minus-parents!

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Facebook, Parental Controls, Parental Involvement, Parenting Teenagers, Twitter Followers

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author avatar Joyce Singha
Writer, Thinker, Homeopath.
Background in Literature, Films and Homeopathy. Interests in Politics & Human Idiosyncrasies. Humor is essential. Personal Blog at: http://joyce-iamwhatiyam.blogspot.com

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Cool tone to this. Hope you write some fiction. Bet you'd be really good at it.

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author avatar A.M>CrewsAnita Crews
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Excellent!

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Facebook is the scourge of cyberspace, the place for fraud and phishing, loading computer viruses onto unsuspecting computers, identity theft, data mining, and privacy invading operations that aim to annoy users, if not destroy them or their computers entirely.

Social contacts are fine if Facebook limited its operations to that usage, but it goes way beyond that to hurt not only teenage users but everyone who exposes themselves and their personal information there.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Lovely share, Joyce. Teenagers are in a hurry to shake off their parents or sometimes it can be the other way too! Yes children have a fascination for all things starting with I - iPad, iPhone, iTunes and for the parents - it is iPay! siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting and well written,Joyce!

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author avatar Rebecca
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Excellent!

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
12th Oct 2014 (#)

I have heard from parents much what you describe so well here about them leaving Facebook. I enjoy reading my friends posts about stupid stuff Obama and Liberals are doing. That is a really good use of Facebook.

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author avatar Retired
13th Oct 2014 (#)

I have quite a few former students who are in their late teens now who get along fine with me on FB... probably because I never grew up. My brain sounds like theirs. Love this piece, my friend.

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