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A Teenager Explains YOUR View on Social Media

There is a good chance that if you’re reading this, you have landed here via Facebook—the juggernaut social network that has been around for what seems like an eternity now. The social network that your entire family is on. The social network that has a hard time understanding the word “privacy.” Sound about right?

You’re not alone in your love/hate relationship with social media. We recently stumbled across this article, which you can think of as a teenager’s guide to social media, written by a teenager. Built on facts and opinions that will perhaps surprise you, we suggest you check it out—it may inspire you to dip your toes into a new social network or simply offer some insight into those you’re already exploring.

Here’s what the author, Andrew Watts, has to say about each social network (and we’re just dying to know if you agree):

Facebook: It’s dead to teenagers, Andrew says. Though many of you are on it, few of you check it frequently. Many of you utilize the “groups” option on the platform. You feel that it’s lacking privacy and well, quite frankly, you’re tired of spam.

Twitter: Andrew states, “There are then three main groups of Twitter users: the ones who use it to complain/express themselves, the ones who tweet with the assumption that their prospective employer will eventually see whatever they are saying, and the ones who simply look at other tweets and do the occasional RT.” We can agree with this teenager’s three main groups, but we’d like to expand this list to include those who maintain a Twitter account just to stay in the know with breaking news.

Instagram: Behold—your most used social networking app. You check it countless times daily, Andrew reports. This is the channel you post things to. You use this platform over Facebook because your friends don’t post a hundred not-so-great photos from their vacation, just the one awesome photo (not including the few who are guilty of posting 10 photos back to back). Finally, you feel Instagram is less focused on advertising, which means it’s more personal.

Snapchat: Andrew says that Snapchat is the social network that allows you to be you. It’s not about likes or comments. It’s just you and a select few friends sharing life with one another in real time. You have come to realize that there is a good chance your photos aren’t truly deleted after 10 seconds, but you’re kind of okay with that.

Pinterest: He feels that Pinterest is all about women who have a taste for the hipster/artsy scene. Do you agree?

Tumblr: Andrew states that Tumblr “is like a secret society that everyone is in.” It’s a network that allows yourself to be honest and true, as well as a place where you can group yourself with others who think like you.

The above is simply a synopsis of what Andrew wrote. We highly suggest reading the article in its entirety here.

As we continue to grow and evolve here at Project Inspired, we want to stay up to date with you. We are a community of believers. So, with that said, what social networks would you like to see us join?

Image: Lightstock | Teo


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  1. Musician4Life

    Posted by Musician4Life on March 23, 2015 at 09:51

    I feel like this is pretty accurate for most people I know, except for me. Twitter is my main website of choice, mainly because of the extra group this article forgot: fandoms. I wouldn’t have Twitter if it weren’t for fandoms, but because of them I’ve met my best friends (and current girlfriend) on there and I’m constantly online to keep up with them all. Facebook I use to keep up with out-of-state friends and friends I’ve lost contact with, Instagram is a fun place to see what my church family/coworkers/everyone else my age is up to, along with TONS of makeup artists and companies. I don’t use Tumblr or Pinterest; not my thing, and I have Snapchat but I’m horrible at replying…

  2. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on January 16, 2015 at 06:23

    I don’t agree with the Facebook, I check it like ten times a day, and it’s my go to website at night. I agree with Twitter though, I rarely use that. I don’t have Instragram or Snapchat… what’s the point? I don’t have a Tumbler. I do have Pinterest and I’m not a hipster lol.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Schackles386 on January 14, 2015 at 19:06

    Totally agree 100%. Right on!

  4. essielalala

    Posted by essielalala on January 13, 2015 at 21:37

    haha yes this is true. i am one of the lucky who don’t have a twitter.. (;

  5. patientlywaitingforGodsplan

    Posted by patientlywaitingforGodsplan on January 13, 2015 at 18:22

    I guess I’m in the minority here:
    I deleted my Instagram because I can’t post pictures or anything due to not having a smartphone.
    I’ve never used SnapChat or Tumblr.
    I only have Twitter because I was curious about it but I rarely use it.
    I can agree with the Pinterest description.
    Facebook is my main social media and I wouldn’t say it’s not private. I use it to play games and chat with my BF

  6. MaryTet

    Posted by MaryTet on January 13, 2015 at 18:06

    I only have Facebook, because I don’t have a smartphone or iPod or anything like that.

    However, if I do get a smartphone or something like that, I would get an Instagram, Snapchat, and maybe Pinterest.