YouTube tops teen social media, as Facebook fades

YouTube tops teen social media, as Facebook fades

The survey showed only 10 per cent of teens said they used Facebook most often, compared to 32 per cent for YouTube and 35 per cent for Snapchat.

This is not the first study to indicate that teens are leaving Facebook.

The survey found that teens are spending more time online than ever before.

Facebook appears to be heading for a similar fate as Yahoo! because it is hurtling towards irrelevance among teens, new data from Pew Research Center reveals. Only about around half, 51 percent, of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook.

In 2018, three online platforms other than Facebook - YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat - are used by sizable majorities of this age group.

In the survey, 85 percent of teens say they use YouTube, 72 percent say they use Instagram, and 69 percent say they use Snapchat.

The landscape has shifted since a 2014-15 Pew survey which found Facebook leading other social networks with 71 per cent of the teen segment.

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According to Pew, the number of teens who say they're online "almost constantly" is also rising. 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 45 percent figure is almost double the 24 percent who were categorized in this way in the 2014-15 survey. Vine was shut down in January 2017.

Among the report's findings: teens from lower-income families are more likely than those from higher-income households to use Facebook. In both categories, Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit fell below all of the above social networks. This current survey only allowed the participants to select the platforms they use.

Gender plays a significant role in the multi-device world, with females more likely to use a laptop while males used Gaming consoles and Gaming desktops to connect online. Facebook was a distant fourth with just 10 percent of respondents identifying it as the service they used most often.

Research firm eMarketer published early march, and noted that Snapchat attracted more young at a faster rate than Instagram. According to the study, one-third of the subjects taken in the survey said Facebook had a positive impact in their life whereas a quarter said it had a negative impact.

Nearly a third described the effect as mostly positive, and a quarter saying mostly negative. Additionally nearly half stated the connection to friends and family being the main reason.

Another statistic that leaps off the page is the near ubiquitous use of smartphones among teens. Back then, only 24% of teens reported being online constantly.

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