Facebook may be starting to regret the overwhelming popularity of Farmville. It seems that the decline of the social network's popularity with teenagers is a direct result of their parents flocking to the website. In a survey of 16-18 yeart-old teenagers from eight EU countries, researchers discovered that, while older generations are getting more and more addicted to Facebook, adolescents are choosing different ways to communicate wtih each other. According to Daniel Miller, the head anthropolgist on the research team, "Most of the school children in our survey recognized that in many ways, Facebook is technically better than Twitter or Instagram." However, the increased presence of people like their parents and grandparents had driven teenagers away: "What appears to be the most seminal moment in a young person's decision to leave Facebook was surely that dreaded day your mum sends you a friend request," Miller explained. "You just can't be young and free if you know your parents can access your every indiscretion."
With Snapchat and Twitter quickly gaining popularity among teenagers at Facebook's expense, you can't blame the social network for getting desperate to cling on to the younger generation - even if it means throwing nutty-sounding offers of $3 billion at one of its rivals.