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Is Facebook for old people?
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:37:07 am »
A while ago we had a discussion about how young people were not that keen on Facebok. Today I saw this article about FB users in UK and thought about that. Apparently FB's fastest growing demographic right now, at least in the UK, are the over 65s (although it's still a relatively small group of users). The demographic group in which FB is dropping more users is that between 18 and 24 yo, followed by the one from 12 to 17 yo. So yeah, no wonder young people don't want to be in the virtual place where their parents and grandparents hang out.  :P

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/12/is-facebook-for-old-people-over-55s-flock-in-as-the-young-leave

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Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave
A forecast 700,000 UK teenagers and young adults will leave the social media site in 2018

Itís official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerbergís social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report.

In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds will regularly use Facebook in the UK, 700,000 fewer than in 2017, as younger users defect to services such as Snapchat, according to eMarketer.

A surge in older users means over-55s will become the second-biggest demographic of Facebook users this year.

The report says that while Facebook has so far been successful in keeping hold of younger users shifting to services such as Instagram, which it bought in 2012 for $1bn, defectors are now increasingly heading to upstart Snapchat.
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Overall, Facebook remains the most popular social networking site in the UK by some distance with 32.6 million total regular users this year. Instagramís user base will grow from 15.7 million to 18.4 million, Snapchat will surge from 14.8 million to 16.2 million while Twitter will grow from 12.4 million to 12.6 million.

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Facebook UK users 2018 v 2017

Age 12 to 17 2.2m, down 300,000

Age 18 to 24 4.5m, down 400,000

Age 25 to 34 7.2m, flat

Age 35 to 44 5.9m, flat

Age 45 to 54 5.6m, up 100,000 users

Age 55 to 64 3.5m, up 200,000 users

Age 65-plus 2.9m, up 300,000 users

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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 06:50:59 am »
Who is Snapchat? Is he a minion? And are they all pokemen?
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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 07:43:38 am »
I'm not old  :mad: :(

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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 07:47:03 am »
I'm not on Facebook.
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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 08:10:58 am »
If it's all the same to you, I don't really want to talk to teenagers.
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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 09:21:40 am »
Most of us are in the flat category & you know what I am okay that my 13 years old nieces & nephews don't browse my FB feed 24/7.
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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 10:35:47 am »
I use FB occasionally to keep in touch with niece and her kids, other relatives, friends and neighbors. But I don't use it very often, once a week usually at most.

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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 12:41:16 pm »
I never understood the appeal of FB. Why would I want to create a place for my mates, my coworkers and my extended family to coexist? :unsure:

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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2018, 12:43:39 pm »
I never understood the appeal of FB. Why would I want to create a place for my mates, my coworkers and my extended family to coexist? :unsure:

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Yeah, that's a pretty good summing up of it's immediate inherent problems.
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Re: Is Facebook for old people?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2018, 12:53:22 pm »
I never understood the appeal of FB. Why would I want to create a place for my mates, my coworkers and my extended family to coexist? :unsure:
Another thing is I don't discuss politics on FB. It's too wide open with who sees what and can cause a lot of nastiness among        friends/relatives. I've never had that happen as I don't get into politics there, but there are plenty of stories of it.