I just read a recent survey that found that Facebook is no longer the coolest social media site around – Tumblr is! A survey of more than a thousand teenagers found that 60 percent of teens aged 13-18 use Tumblr while only a little over 50 percent use Facebook. That might not seem like a huge difference, but for Facebook, it’s probably a pretty big blow. We’re talking about one of the most popular sites in the world, a site that changed the way we use social media forever. So the fact that more teens may be using Tumblr more than Facebook is kind of a big deal.
At first, I was like, hm. That can’t be right. Everyone and their mom (literally) has a Facebook. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Facebook has gotten kind of, dare I say, lame lately. I, for one, am over the weird oversharing (yesterday someone on my Newsfeed detailed their food poisoning. Gross! TMI! Don’t do that!) and the constant need to feel like you always know what everyone is doing. I guess I’m not alone.
Maybe it’s all of the recent changes or maybe it’s because we’re just looking for something new, but I can totally see how Tumblr is winning this race. Tumblr is awesome! Tumblr is fun and interesting and never gets boring. But I guess to be fair, I have to say that Facebook has it’s good side also. So, I decided to pit them against each other: Facebook vs. Tumblr. Who wins? You tell us!
Tumblr Pro: GIFs That Describe Our LivesThe page I think most describes Tumblr is #whatshouldwecallme. It's got pop culture, hot guys and girls, things that will make you literally LOL and general awkwardness. Also? You can relate to basically everything. GIFs are amazing and Tumblr is the place to find 'em. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Con: Ridiculous Guilt-Trip PicsTrue story: this is a picture I actually saw pop up on my Facebook Newsfeed and I can't even handle it. First of all, Barack Obama DID NOT approve this. Second of all, if you ignore this, your mom will not die. I swear. And if I see one more picture along these lines... I don't even know.
Tumblr Con: Anonymous CommentsIf I had my way, I would take away the anonymous comments feature on Tumblr. It can be fine, but it also can be basically asking for people to say mean and rude things. Anonymous + the Internet never works out. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Pro: Anon? Not PossibleUnless someone is going to go out of their way to make a fake profile, you pretty much always know who you're talking to or who's commenting on your stuff. Unless you're like me and you forget who the majority of your "friends" are. Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Pro: Hungover OwlsUm... not much more needs to be said for this Hungover Owls Tumblr page. And there are many, many more like it. What would we do without this random hilarity in our lives?
Facebook Con: Major OversharingLook, I can't take this anymore. I don't want to know the details about your kid projectile vomiting or how long it's been since you've had sex (yes, these were both actual statuses I saw). Facebook isn't your diary. Save that TMI for your friends or just... keep it to yourself. Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Con: You Lose Out On SleepTumblr is full on addicting. Maybe even more addicting than Facebook. Do you know how many hours of sleep I've lost thanks to this site? It's disgusting. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Pro: You Can Look At Every Pic Of Everyone EverMy favorite thing to do on Facebook is look at other people's pictures. It's so fun! Interesting! Hilarious! Sometimes I stalk my boyfriend and his pictures from four years are so ridiculous it makes my life better. Facebook photos may be the only reason I still have a Facebook. Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Pro: It Has The Most Hilarious Things On The InternetTumblr is amazing because it's so freakin' funny. Some of the things I see there literally make me cry from laughter. Not to get all weird on you, but the amount of time and creativity some people have amazes me. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Con: It Has The Most Boring Status Updates EverLook, not to be mean, but I don't care about what you made for dinner or what the weather is doing outside. Am I the only one who thinks status updates should be reserved for interesting things? Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Con: There's A Lot Of Self-HateWhile Tumblr is usually hilarious and goofy, it also has a dark side. I know they banned thinspo from the site, but I still see it pop up every now and then. I see a lot of people hating on themselves and I just want to give them a hug. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Pro: You Can Share All The Awesome Things About Your LifeJust got a sweet new job? Did you start dating your crush of all crushes? Did you just find out you won something awesome? Put it on Facebook and wait for the likes and congratulatory phrases to come rushing in. Sharing awesome things about your life is fun and a major pro of Facebook is getting to tell everyone about it all at once. Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Pro: It's Basically Your Life In Website FormI'm obsessed with Tumblr because I can relate to so much stuff on there. I love seeing things and being like, "OMG you feel that?! ME TOO!" It's so nice to see that you can connect with someone around the world through a meme about dogs acting like people. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Con: Privacy SettingsOkay, hear me out here. Privacy settings are great when they come to weeding out the creepos from your own profile, but they're not so great when you're trying to, um, stalk your boyfriend's ex and you can't see anything. Don't lie, you know what I'm saying. Source: ShutterStock
Tumblr Con: NSFW GIFs & PicsArgh. I can't tell you how many times I'm just innocently scrolling through Tumblr at work when some ridic GIF of people having sex pops up on my screen and the whole office decides to walk behind me at that moment. I just want to scream, "I'm not looking at porn, I'm an innocent bystander on Tumblr!" Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Pro: Seeing Other People Embarrass ThemselvesI know, I know, that sounds really mean. But I swear I don't mean it that way. But one of the best things about Facebook might just be seeing your horrible ex's mom posts embarrassing family photos. Source: ShutterStock
What do you like better: Tumblr or Facebook? Why? What’s your favorite site ever? Tell us in the comments.