January 31, 2012
Teens Migrating to Twitter… for Privacy?
We all know teenagers in general since all of us have been in that age period. In every generation, they are an easy target when it comes to introducing items and concepts that would eventually become the latest, long-running trends.
Anything the media promotes as the latest, hottest trends to arrive this year, teenagers get easily hooked in to these trends for various reasons, mainly just to keep with the times and to survive peer pressure. One of the major Social networking communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and lately Google+ have been taking internet communication by storm, but microblogging services such as Twitter and Tumblr are not falling behind.Even if that was the case, the term “microblogging” is still not quite part of the teens’ technological vocabulary just yet due to various reasons: privacy issues, too many older users, and most of all, it’s way too public.
But who is to say that social networking as a whole would not catch on towards older users, in particular, parents of teenagers from age 40 and up? Though larger social networking services, Facebook in particular, have the advantage of keeping every profile page as private as they can with only access to trusted friends.
The only disadvantage to Facebook is that once they set up a username for their URL, it can no longer be changed, no matter how many times that users change their display names in their profiles to avoid getting discovered through search results. As a result, not-so-wanted individuals, such as parents, siblings, or any family member, can easily track them down and “add” them in their Friends list.
In addition to that, not very many individuals are familiar with Facebook’s sometimes not-so-user-friendly features in terms of customizing security and privacy, which can be really frustrating for the non-tech-savvy user. Lastly, a user can’t have more than one account; in order to have multiple accounts, that user must also have multiple email addresses in order to create these other accounts.
Lately, teens now turn to simple microblogging services, in particular Twitter, in order to make their presence in the internet without being discovered by certain close loved ones, like family and some close friends.
Twitter allows users to change their usernames as many as they want without limits, have multiple accounts, still share photos and videos in different ways, not to mention that they can follow their favorite celebrities on their happenings without any form of restriction. Best of all, a user’s tweets doesn’t have to be completely public and have the power to provide access to anyone whom they trust. Twitter’s customizing settings are also easy to use and to navigate, making the service one of the most user-friendly for the non-tech savvy folk.
In a study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a nonprofit organization monitoring tech-based habits of the general public, 16% of youth from ages 12 to 17 used Twitter as of last July. Two years before, that same percentage was just 8%. Another survey conducted by the organization also showed that nearly one in five 18- to 29-year-olds have grown to using Twitter on a regular basis.
One teen at a study stated that being on Facebook is like shouting to a crowd, while Twitter is like speaking to a room. Teens also stated to the Pew researchers that, like peer pressure in school, they feel social pressure on Facebook, in which they have to feel obliged to “friend” someone whom they don’t know very well or may feel uncomfortable with.
Twitter, on the other hand, helps teens maintain their privacy and easily be able to share their thoughts, their photos and videos or any cool discoveries to their most trusted friends without having it spread to friends of friends or even family members.
Today, teens use Twitter for a variety of reasons. Privacy and security has become the primary reason why.
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