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Facebook considered `social burden` by teens

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 15:23

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

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

According to a news website, teens are increasingly abandoning Facebook for other sites like 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 continuously revising their friends` list, by deleting and blocking users. Girls are more likely to delete users from their list than boys.

Privacy concerns top the teens` list. A majority of 60 percent has set their profiles to private, as compared to only five percent, who tweak their privacy to limit what their parents see.

The report added that teens are concerned about their privacy but are also keen in sharing their personal details like their location, email address and phone number online.

Additionally, the study found out that of the teens surveyed, 17 percent have been contacted by strangers that made them feel `uncomfortable and scared`, while 57 percent said the online experience `made them feel good about themselves` and 37 percent said that social media made them feel more connected to someone else.


First Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 15:23

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