Facebook. The social media titan is everywhere. It's on your computer, built into cell phones and other mobile devices. You probably can't go a day without hearing about something someone saw on Facebook even if you don't have an account.
When your kids start using social media it's probably the first site they want to use because "all their friends are using it". Your kids probably watch you use Facebook and ask if you're going to post pictures of them online or some funny thing they said.
Facebook has become a part of most American's lives and it's not going away any time soon. It's part of American and worldwide culture and as parents and homeschoolers we need to understand how to use it and how to protect our family's privacy.
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Do Teens Use Facebook?
Again, I'm going to refer to the article on Medium about the social media habits of teens (https://medium.com/backchannel/a-teenagers-view-on-social-media-1df945c09ac6):
In short, many have nailed this on the head. It’s dead to us. Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can't really leave. It’s weird and can even be annoying to have Facebook at times. That being said, if you don't have Facebook, that’s even more weird and annoying. Weird because of the social pressure behind the question, “Everyone has Facebook, why don't you?” and annoying because you'll have to answer that to just about everyone in classes you meet who makes an attempt to friend you or find you on there.
Facebook is often used by us mainly for its group functionality. I know plenty of classmates who only go on Facebook to check the groups they are part of and then quickly log off. In this part Facebook shines—groups do not have the same complicated algorithms behind them that the Newsfeed does. It is very easy to just see the new information posted on the group without having to sift through tons of posts and advertising you don't really care about.
Messaging on Facebook is also extremely popular among our age group, mainly because they provide the means to talk to those people who you weren't really comfortable with asking for their number but comfortable enough to send them a friend request.
Facebook is often the jumping-off point for many people to try to find you online, simply because everyone around us has it. If I met you one time at some party, I’m not going to try to check Twitter or Instagram to find out who you are. Instead, many opt for the ease of Facebook and the powerful search functionality that gives you results of people who you actually have a chance of knowing (unlike Instagram, whose search functionality, although it improved slightly in the last update, leaves much to be desired).
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