Demographics of Facebook. Go where the people are.
Watching internet culture grow and change and shift is a hobby I’ve been doing a long time and I like to keep tabs in different areas.
These days, it’s trying to stay ahead of my n ep hew, now 1 3, in trying to comprehend whatever he might get into in a few months and to know what he’s talking about. I used to be able to be ahead of him but he’s always on top of youtube gossip which I’m not, although I’m usually ahead of him or matched on meme trends.
But that’s my excuse. I love watching culture shift and change anyway.
So, why aren’t they here?
a) gaming consoles
b) computer gaming like Steam-based (although a lot of Steam players are older – mid-late 20s, which is part of why Steam community is so toxic)
c) iFunny. That has a mix of ages and goes from nice furries to ahegao profiles to neo-Nazi and everything inbetween, plus regular kids with the spongebob or deep-fried and stuff. It’s popular to say you hate iFunny but then to use it anyway. I use my real name and image and add comments and post stuff now and again.
d) used to be Vine. I miss Vine and its community.
e) “edgy kids” (depressed, black makeup, trans and/or furry and/or anime and/or fandom) to sporty flirty soccer roll over to tik-tok, which used to be musically. I notice from there they jump ship to Snapchat. I tried to use it as a replacement for Vine, as I did with iFunny, but alas…
f) Snapchat. I had it years ago but wasn’t my thing. I think of it as strictly teenage zone and lost touch with it from way back when they sold 3D glasses.
g) discord. Great source for memes and a variety of communities. I wasn’t going to get involved but nephew dragged me on, so I found some big groups and grab memes now and again.
A lot of toxicity there but I think it’s mostly “all in good fun” at this point and not like gamer culture was circa 2009. I’ve seen what seem to be all ages using it, although it’s hard to know for sure. Raiding servers and drama is a thing in some areas, other areas seem focused yet still active.
I think you might have some luck putting up a youth rights discord and getting people talking, whether its NYRA or on your own.
.h) Youtube. I used to get listening ears by going on appropriate popular videos and making a few youth rights points which would start a decent comment section discussion. Haven’t done that in a long time, but it’s another route you could take if you want to bring people in.
So, that’s my thoughts. Go where the people are. I do it to stay on top of internet culture, occasionally putting out some food-for-thought stuff.
But if you want a mission to bring younger people to join the discussion, it’s a few possibilities to consider. Unorthodox, but Facebook just isn’t a major gathering point for the audience you seek.
There’s a lot of other places as well but these are what I’m a little familiar with.
Of course there’s also reddit (which I don’t use as much as I should), 4chan (which i wouldn’t touch), twitter (which has a lot of youth rights of different foci with a presence), plus anonymous “ask me anything” places which can bring discussions out of people, but I don’t know what’s most popular in that now)