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Study: Teens prefer Twitter to Facebook

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Experts say that teens aren't just leaving Facebook for just Twitter; they're leaving Facebook for numerous other social media sites as well because for them Facebook just isn't as cool anymore.

The study says teenagers still have Facebook accounts, but they are doing most of their online socializing on twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Vine. Why? Because Facebook has too many adults and too much drama.

The teenagers I spoke to say Facebook is now the Pony Express of social media and that Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and Tumblr are more instantaneous.

Chris Dessi, a social media marketer and owner of Silverback Social, says Facebook has become the living room of social media sites and teens don't want to hang out in the living room.

"If you ask any teen they will say they don't want to be in the living room with their parents," Dessi says. "They'll stop in and say hi, but they don't want to stay. They want to be in the basement and that's what Twitter is along with Tumblr and all these other sites we've never heard of."

The Pew Research Center conducted the study in 2012 and compared the results to its last study in 2006. It found that 91 percent of teens post pictures of themselves on social media sites compared to 79 percent 6 years ago, 71 percent disclose the city or town where they live compared to 61 percent in 2006, and 20 percent give out their cell phone number. That is a huge jump from just 2 percent in the last study.

"They've grown up in system where it's the norm," Dessi says. "They don't know any differently. Everyone they know is doing it so they are comfortable." He says the best defense for parents is to be involved; know what you're kids are doing and who they're talking to online.

Parent Nicole Hackett says that is exactly what she does.

"You don't want anyone to know information about you or your child that doesn't know you and your child," she says.

Some experts say get your children's log-ons to all of these sites and go on and check them. You have every right.

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