dad, I don't want to be on Facebook


Just two years ago, I remember my daughter, of the 11, sent me a powerpoint of 20 pages with various reasons that justified the create a Facebook account. I still have it. One of the reasons, as was imaginable, was that many of her friends were already on the social network. The legal age to enter was and is 13 Years, so her friends had to “deceive” To Facebook and lying about your date of birth. Here it is one of many networks gaps, there is no real control, it is enough to lie and one is inside.

I convinced my daughter to wait two years (a lot of time for someone young, I know) before having your own profile, and from my account we did “friendship” with her friends.

Two months ago my daughter turned 13, and one of the gifts was to create the expected and desired profile in Facebook. But the changes that are taking place are so rapid that now, My daughter, the one that almost cursed me for not authorizing his profile two years ago, my daughter doesn't want to be on Facebook.

What's going on on the network?

To understand the phenomenon of abandonment (or no entry, as is the case) of many teenagers in Facebook, I recommend reading the post by the expert Francesc Grau “Facebook Teens“, in which it shows the migration of this group in two giant markets such as the US and China to other digital platforms.

The new preferences

As Francesc comments, everything points to new chat formats where there is less parental control. In the specific case of my daughter, preference is tilted to three places, in order of use:

  1. Whatsapp, that allows a real-time chat, absolute immediacy and creation of related groups.
  2. Instagram, that allows you to communicate with images and use hashtags to find everything.
  3. Snapchat, a chat that allows you to share stories (Text, Video, Image) that disappear in a few seconds without a trace.

The Dangers of Snapchat

1snapchat1According to the Orange blog, Snapchat allows users to send images, short videos or messages through their smartphones. The sender chooses the time they want their message to be visible to the other person, with a minimum of 10 Seconds. And then it disappears.

The system is interesting, as it leaves no trace. But its strength also represents a threat, as it allows teens to send content high pitch and that it is not registered. A practice, Called sexting, that worries parents, and that it should also concern the adolescents themselves, since to save an image is as simple as doing a screenshot with your smartphone before it is erased.

The controversy is served. Snapchat's popularity grows like foam and is in all the rankings of the major app stores (App Store de Apple And Google Play de Android). Forbes titled that "kids like Snapchat because it's NOT Facebook", one more problem for Zuckerberg.

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