Anyone who knows actual living, breathing, teenagers is well-aware of their social media consumption. It is high, really high. It is tool of life for us all. For YL leaders it is a tool, an important tool. Note that it is just a tool. I’ve tried to capture some of the changes in the trends in the past (see HERE and HERE).
In the past year I had a feeling that a lot of teens I know were moving away from Facebook. I noticed more and more students (and leaders) I know saying they couldn’t remember when they last checked it. But, I also noticed they didn’t depart from it completely. I also picked up a vibe that the ones who were telling me they were not using it also probably wouldn’t have admitted that they still like cartoons… they do, they just don’t want people to know it.
Last April, the Pew Research Center released its latest findings on teenagers and social media. Here are some of their findings: