It appears that each one the previous farts puttering round Facebook of their Bermuda shorts and mother denims are, like, killing the entire social networking vibe for the cool youngsters who’re, like, completely hanging at Snapchat now.

So says eMarketer. And sure, you’re heard this document earlier than. Fears that youngsters would flee as soon as their mother and father and grandparents and creepy uncle Leo began utilizing Facebook have been round since lengthy earlier than Uncle Leo needed to begin carrying Depends.

But now it’s taking place, in accordance with eMarketer:

“In 2018, the variety of U.S. Facebook customers ages 11 and youthful will decline by 9.3 p.c. Additionally, the variety of customers ages 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 will lower by 5.6 p.c and 5.8 p.c, respectively. This is the primary time eMarketer has predicted a decline within the variety of U.S. Facebook customers in these age teams.”

Yikes! Side observe: Officially, Facebook requires customers to be 13 years of age or older.

For some time now, Facebook has counted on these children migrating to Instagram. But eMarketer says Instagram appears to be solely attracting a few of these hepcats:

“Facebook will lose 2 million customers ages 24 and youthful this 12 months, eMarketer estimates. But not all of these customers are migrating to Instagram. For instance, eMarketer predicts Instagram will add 1.6 million customers ages 24 and youthful.”

Naturally, the cool youngsters are going to Snapchat, which eMarketer says will add 1.9 million customers within the below 24 age group. And so Snapchat will proceed to guide Instagram in that coveted group.

At least till mother and father figure out tips on how to use Snapchat and smash that for everybody, too.

“Snapchat may finally expertise extra progress in older age teams, because it’s redesigning its platform to be simpler to make use of,” eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson stated. “The query shall be whether or not youthful customers will nonetheless discover Snapchat cool if extra of their mother and father and grandparents are on it. That’s the predicament Facebook is in.”

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