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Where Teens Do Social Media
By: Jessica Cherok
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Ever wonder what the kids are into these days? According to at least one 19-year-old college student, it sure isn’t Facebook.

Andrew Watts, a college student from The University of Texas at Austin, has written a teenager’s take on social media sites. Watts expresses his frustration with so-called "experts" who break down the what and why of teens’ feelings toward social media. His aptly named post: “A Teenager’s View on Social Media: Written by an Actual Teen."

No matter your age, Watts' post is worth a read. He makes several compelling points, some of which are highlighted below:

“…plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion.”

“Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can't really leave.”

On why teens like Instagram, he says, “I'm not terrified whenever I like something on Instagram that it will show up in someone’s Newsfeed and they'll either screenshot that I liked it or reference it later. The same goes for commenting.”

In the teen set, Twitter is both confusing and too similar to Facebook. “Twitter is used like Facebook—you post with the assumption that your employer will see it one day,” Watts says.

For Watts’s age group, the top social media sites are Snapchat, Tumblr, and Medium. Now you know where to go to be cool.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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