13-year-old Ruby Karp, a New Yorker, says that none of her friends use Facebook anymore because it’s gotten complicated and has become “a huge marketing mouthpiece.”
“When I was younger, my mom had a Facebook. I would always go on it. I would take quizzes, play games etc. Facebook used to be its own, unique thing. It was kind of big but at the same time, cool,” she wrote in an op-ed on Mashable.
“As the years went on, I always wanted a Facebook I could call my own. But once I got it, everything started changing. There’s too much going on. The change from the old Facebook to the Timeline was very all of a sudden. Look at something like Twitter, where it’s four buttons — people like the ‘simple’ design better.”
Karp says that there are other reasons that none of her friends–and her, after she got on and her only friend was her grandma–are using Facebook.
-There are other networks now–Instagram is immensely popular with her and her friends
-Teens want what’s “trending,” and Facebook doesn’t seem to be trending
-Her parents and parents friends are all on Facebook, so if somebody posts a picture of her at a party, even if she’s not drinking, than her mom would see and “I’d be dead,” she writes.
-Facebook is a big source of bullying in middle school