SAN FRANCISCO — For teens, it has been an essential rite of passage: They turn 13 and join Facebook .
For these youngsters the social networking giant's novelty has worn off. They are checking out new mobile apps, hanging out on Tumblr and Twitter, and sending plain-old text messages from their phones.
Since she signed up three years ago, friend requests and status updates are as much a part of Meera Kumar's life as homework and exams at Menlo School, the elite private school in leafy Atherton, Calif., where she's a 16-year-old sophomore.
But when her kid sister Anika turned 13 last year, she gave Facebook a pass.
"I guess I haven't been that interested in it," said Anika, who prefers sharing photos with friends on Instagram via her iPhone or video chatting with them onGoogle+.
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Facebook has become a social network that's often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom they crave. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
(MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- New US research by tyntec and YouGov around mobile communication and social networking reveals that among all age groups, young adults, or "millennials," are leading the pack in interest to adopt new cloud-based models for telephony, including integrating texting and voice capabilities into new devices and online services. According to the survey, 66 percent of smartphone users aged 18-24 are "very interested" or "interested" in using other devices such as an iPod, iPad or other tablet PC as a mobile phone. Similarly, SMS outpaced apps as the most popular feature among this age group, used by 81 percent of mobile phone users versus 12 percent for apps (mobile email trailed at eight percent). And, Millennials led strongly in terms of device sophistication with 64 percent owning a smartphone versus 55+ year-olds, where only 29 percent had a smartphone.
The April 2012 YouGov survey, sponsored by tyntec, surveyed more than 1,000 US respondents aged 18-55+ about SMS adoption, smartphone usage, mobile social networking and free/low cost calling and SMS alternatives.
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Well-intentioned parents who've kept their tweens off Facebook are catching on to the workaround: kids are turning to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that may as well be a social network. Read this article by Michelle Meyers on CNET News.
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