Teens exiting Facebook to avoid 'prying parents'

Teens exiting Facebook to avoid 'prying parents'
According to a Sunday Times poll of 101 young people aged 12 to 19, one of their biggest reasons for jumping ship was prying parents.

Facebook is facing a teenage exodus.

Reflecting this global trend, the youth in Singapore are turning to Instagram, and other social media alternatives such as YouTube and Twitter.

According to a Sunday Times poll of 101 young people aged 12 to 19, one of their biggest reasons for jumping ship was prying parents.

Even grandparents and extended family members are monitoring Facebook feeds, leading to a "loss of privacy".

Bukit Batok Secondary School student Ilic Yap, 15, initially thought nothing of adding his parents as Facebook friends, but later felt reluctant to share his innermost thoughts on the site.

These included posts about his parents or "when my opinions are not the same as theirs", he said. "Also, maybe sometimes I'm stressed over school, but I don't want them to worry," he said.

Having his parents as Facebook friends also got him into trouble, as they could monitor when he played games online. Now, he uses Instagram and Twitter instead.

Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School student Lynn Lee, 13, turned down her mother's "friend" request, given how her parent already "stalks" her brother on Facebook.

And when teenagers leave Facebook because of spying adults, more will follow suit. As 15-year-old Clenyce Tan from Raffles Girls' School pointed out, "when your friends stop using Facebook, there's no one to talk to there".

Around 63 per cent of those surveyed said Instagram was their most popular network. It is simpler, they said, but more importantly, less invasive because the older generation has not caught up with it yet. YouTube and Facebook tied for second place, each receiving 12 per cent of their votes.

Teenagers have other issues with Facebook, the world's biggest social network, with 1.28 billion users. Many complained about the site being cluttered, with their news feeds plagued by irrelevant notifications.

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