Are Social Networking Websites Doomed?

social networkingSocial networking was supposed to gradually take over more and more aspects of our lives, but instead it may peter out into a sea of old people “liking” promotional posts from corporations.

The answer to the question of what will be the next Facebook could be “nothing”, as younger people appear to be abandoning social networking sites for messaging apps like SnapChat, which doesn’t involve profiles, personal data, companies’ “sponsored stories”, or their parents. Via Buzzfeed:

Facebook is the “most important” social media site for about 10% fewer teenagers than it was a year ago, according to a new PiperJaffray survey of over 5,000 teenagers. The teens surveyed are less interested in Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, and Tumblr too.

This suggests something bigger than a shift away from Facebook; it hints at what could be the beginning of an across-the-board teen rejection of traditional social networking as a whole.

This data measures sentiment, not usage stats. If this data is solid, though, we should see it reflected in a teen exodus from traditional social networks.

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Facebook is stupid. Hell is other people, with fucking baby pics.

    • Anthony Neilsen

      And your arse is on fire as well. Don’t forget that important part.

  • salviad

    a trend i would love to see.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I knew FB had jumped the shark
    when my 80 year aunt was commenting on my profile

    the whole thing is just too exhibitionist for my taste
    and if I was playing the job/career game
    I’d use a bot to be my FB personality to play it safe

    • kowalityjesus

      lol @ your hip aunt and facebook bots. brilliant idea, holy shit. maybe facebook would start handing out Turing tests to their users to filter out bot accounts, unfortunately many vapid lives would be fall below the threshold.

  • Daenerys_Targaryen

    I’m 21 and I think social networking sites are shit. What fun are they, what good do they do? They’re for bored people with no life FFS.

  • godozo

    I tell my friend that I consider removing myself from Facebook on a regular basis. My attention to Twitter has actually dropped faster than my attention to Facebook, probably because all my friends (both close and tenuous) are still on Facebook.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Hopefully they will go the way of the slammer pogs or beanie babies.

    • kowalityjesus

      I think this might have more resilience; a long drawn-out exphyxiation-by-uncoolness….

  • Ittabena

    Die Facebook, die. Of course, the devil you don’t know is worse than the one you do know. Sorry, had too much yin and yang tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/frak frak

    “Traditional” social networking is meeting in the pub.

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