How many articles have you read about teens and social media? If you’re like us, plenty. But here’s one that stands out from the pack. Why? Because it was written by a teenager. OK, so it’s a 19-year-old male university student; perhaps not the 13-year-old middle schooler most of the articles focus on. But even though Andrew Watts is now a legal adult, his take on how teens treat different forms of social media is completely riveting.
- Facebook: Watts agrees with what many parents have already heard: Teens consider Facebook to be the dinosaur of social media. On the other hand, Watts says that no one would dare to not have an account. Why? Facebook and its powerful search function is what teens rely on to find people they don’t know. The messaging app? The perfect precursor to asking someone for their email or phone number. His opinion is supported by the numbers in articles like this one.
- Instagram: It’s the current digital darling for teens, but why? This was interesting: Watts likes the relative anonymity of the ability to “like” a post without that being shared on his friends’ newsfeeds. Otherwise, teens like Instagram because there are no outbound links, meaning virtually no advertising and just better content. Its best feature? Mom and dad haven’t discovered it yet. Or if they have, they’re not on it 24/7.
- Twitter: Not so cool.
- Snapchat: Very cool, as evidenced by articles like these, which states that it has more than 100 million users. Watts describes it as a combination of “addicting and liberating” because of its lack of liking and commenting functions.
Read more here to find out how the other social channels stack up.