Wired: Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore

Wired: Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore. “Kevin is not the most organized student: He initially neglects to have his dad sign the back of the permission slip, and when I talk to the class later, he forgets his question by the time I call on him. But when I ask him what makes his generation different, he doesn’t hesitate: ‘I feel like we don’t party as much. People stay in more often. My generation lost interest in socializing in person—they don’t have physical get-togethers, they just text together, and they can just stay at home.’”

The Daily Beast: Niche Memes’ Are the Secret Clip Art Diaries Teens Are Posting on Instagram

The Daily Beast: ‘Niche Memes’ Are the Secret Clip Art Diaries Teens Are Posting on Instagram. “Almost every day, while she’s waiting for soccer practice to begin or for her mom to pick her up from school, 14-year-old New Yorker Carly* fires up her phone and vents about her day to 150 anonymous strangers on Instagram, the only group of people who she feels truly understand her. Her emotional outpourings aren’t posted to a finsta, spam account, rinsta, or any number of other types of Instagram accounts most kids maintain. Instead, she shares these pink and yellow diatribes to a dedicated niche meme account.”

Daily Dot: Inside Finstagram, the private world of ‘fake’ teen Instagram accounts

Daily Dot: Inside Finstagram, the private world of ‘fake’ teen Instagram accounts. “A Finstagram, or ‘finsta’ for short, is a ‘fake Instagram’ account. The accounts are typically private, with usernames that don’t give away the identity of the owner right away. The term was created and popularized by high school teenagers, but the fad has moved to the college scene as well. It’s mainly used to free people up from the confines of a traditional account, making them feel better about posting ridiculous memes, ugly selfies of their friends, and anything else that crosses their mind. It’s more fleeting like Twitter, less permanent than Facebook.”

Mashable: How teens are pranking your Facebook News Feeds with random events

Mashable: How teens are pranking your Facebook News Feeds with random events. “Seen any strange events popping up in your Facebook News Feed lately? Maybe something very mundane, like a niche event at a school you’ve never heard of? Or perhaps something a bit more unusual, like worm-charming or mushroom-growing classes? Well it’s not advertising, and it’s not an accident.”

Research: Most Popular Social Platform for Teens Is Snapchat

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that the top social network for teens is Snapchat. “According to investment firm Piper Jaffray’s new “Taking Stock With Teens” report, 80 percent of teens use Snapchat at least once a month, up from 74 percent in the fall of 2015. While 79 percent of teenagers said that they use Instagram once a month—an increase from 76 percent one year ago—the photo-sharing app’s reach is slightly less than Snapchat.”