Social Media, Youth Ministry

Either Teens Are Over Facebook Or Facebook Has Taken Them Over

The high school students who drop by my church after school on Wednesday are all guys. They’re down for some games, some unstructured social time, and some running around. We don’t talk a ton.

I force conversation very briefly by using candy. I’ll ask a student an open ended question about an interest or an opinion, and if they answer it they get a Jolly Rancher. Sometimes they ask the next question.

Yesterday’s question was, “What’s one website you look at every day.”

YouTube (to watch Game Grumps).

Netflix (to watch “How I Met Your Mother”).

Google (seriously, just Google?).

Tabs for A Cause (a fundraising platform for social causes)

Twitter (two of my students tweet. I had no idea).

Tumblr (a blogging platform).

You know what nobody mentioned? You know what zero high school students in my group said they use daily?

Facebook.

I’m guessing that’s due to Facebook’s thorough integration into mobile devices. I bet they’re using it every day, just not online.

Or they’re just not into Facebook anymore?

 

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4 thoughts on “Either Teens Are Over Facebook Or Facebook Has Taken Them Over

  1. Christine says:

    I work with both middle school and high school youth and they are all about Facebook, both online and through their phones. I have asked them more than once over the past couple of years if they are migrating to other sites, and they say no. They are not really crazy about Twitter. We are in southwest Ohio near the Indiana border in a small college town.

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