So ‘uncool oldies’ drive the young off Facebook. Well, we’ve got to hang out somewhere | Barbara Ellen
News | 16.09.2018
There are many other and better reasons to dislike the social media platform
Another day, another report about how young people are turning away from Facebook. The report, by analysts at Kantar Media for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, says that, following investigations such as those in this newspaper, young people feel Facebook is polluted with “fake news”, dodgy algorithms and assaults on democracy, leading them to prefer the likes of WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook).
All valid points – many older people distrust Facebook for the same reasons. Then there’s the other big reason why younger people are rejecting Facebook, namely, older people. Asked about the site, young people used terms such as “uncool uncle”, “midlife crisis”, “egocentric” and “sociopath”. Nor do they mean central-casting Old People, clicking confusedly, sucking Nuttall’s Mintoes. They mean me and probably you too.