Teens not hooked to Facebook anymore

Washington: Teens are increasingly spending less time on Facebook than on instant messaging apps, with many saying the social network is not as “cool” as it used to be, a new study involving 170,000 internet users says.

As many as 50 per cent participants in the study said they were using Facebook less frequently than they did in the past.

When you look at just the teens in the US and the UK, 64 per cent said they are spending less time on Facebook because they are bored, marketingpilgrim.com reported.

Twenty seven per cent of teens said Facebook is not as cool as it used to be. As many as 29 per cent said they are not on Facebook as often.

The study noted that teens are still communicating digitally, but now they are doing it via Instagram and messaging apps.

According to the GlobalWebIndex (GWI) Social Summary for Q3 2014, even though Facebook has more users, activity such as photo sharing and messaging has fallen off by 20 per cent in the last two years.

This could prove that apps are eating into Facebook’s business or maybe people are just getting bored with sharing their entire life in videos, pictures and 20 word blurbs.

The report found that although Facebook has a drop in active users, its Messenger is very popular among teens, leaving even WhatsApp behind as the most used messaging app.