Have mums killed Facebook?

Teens are apparently fleeing social media site after receiving ‘uncool’ friend requests from their parents


Are you ‘friends’ with your children on Facebook? Well, if you are, you could be part of the reason why teenagers are leaving Facebook in droves.


Apparently, a friend request from dear mum is enough to push trendy youngsters over the edge. And ever since mums and dads joined Facebook en masse, we’ve made it so uncool that kids are ditching the social network site for cooler Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter.

In fact, for the first time, less than half of the 7,200 American teenagers (aged 13-19) surveyed in Spring 2014, used Facebook. This is a drop of 38% since autumn 2013 when 72% of them were active on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.

Previous studies have shown that friend requests from parents are the biggest ‘turn-off’ for teenagers, who instantly think the site is ‘uncool’, according to separate research by University College London.

“The young are moving on to cooler things,” Professor Daniel Miller, who led the research said. “What appears to be the most seminal moment in a young person’s decision to leave Facebook was that dreaded day your mum sends you a friend request.”

We have been warned, or should that be “What a great idea”…

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