Teens Turning Their Backs on Facebook

Teens are over Facebook

Teens are over

The Pew Research Center survey shows that 85 percent of US teens, ages 13 to 17, use YouTube, compared with 72 percent for the Facebook-owned Instagram and 69 percent for Snapchat.

Only about half, at 51 percent, say they use Facebook, according to the survey from the Pew Research Center, which was published on Thursday.

Only 10 percent of teenagers who took part in the survey said they use Facebook more than any other social media app.

Now, YouTube is the most popular platform among teens - about 85 per cent say they use it. According to previous studies, only 52% of Teens used Instagram, and 41% of Snapchat.

The survey discovered lower-income teens "are more likely to gravitate toward Facebook than those from higher-income households". YouTube was not included in the 2014-2015 survey.


33% of male teens used Youtube more than females (16%), while females used Snapchat and Instagram more heavily than their male counterparts.

"The news has to be concerning to Facebook, although some of the exodus is for Instagram, which is also owned by the company", said Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insights at the Local Search Association. Instagram was most often used by 15 percent. Ninety-five percent of teens have access to a smartphone in 2018.

The changing tastes of younger social media users are consistent with teen behavior in general. Of course, YouTube is a social platform and people do upload their videos but it mostly comes under the category, which houses Netflix, Spotify, and Twitch. The survey that was conducted taking seven hundred forty-three residents of the United States within the age range of thirteen to seventeen, pointed out that Facebook is not even within the top 3 social networking sites mostly used by kids. Another 44% say they go online several times a day, meaning roughly nine-in-ten teens go online at least multiple times per day.

It also added that it had found that the increase in smartphone ownership played a huge part in teen life - pointing out that the current 95 percent is a 22-point increase from the 73 percent of teens three years ago. Today's teens don't know what it's like to grow up in a world without social media and the Internet; to ask about the impact of something that's always been around seems a bit unfair. Minorities of teens describe that effect as mostly positive (31 per cent) or mostly negative (24 per cent), but the largest share (45 per cent) says that effect has been neither positive nor negative.

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