Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

Thanks for the data! It’s always fun to cross-reference it.

Gigaom

There’s a whole category of social-science fallacy that revolves around extrapolating from one or two cases, so we should be careful not to read too much into a recent Medium post by 19-year-old Andrew Watts about how he and his friends use various social-media platforms. That said, however, it’s still fascinating to look at how differently his age group approaches some of the services we older folks take for granted.

Probably the least surprising point in Watts’ post is that teens have virtually no interest in using Facebook whatsoever — but almost all of them still have an account anyway, because it’s the only way to keep in touch with certain people. He describes it as:

[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]”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.”[/blockquote]

This fits with other descriptions of…

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