Pew Research: Teens Love YouTube, Not So Much Facebook

Pew Research: Teens Love YouTube, Not So Much Facebook

Pew Research: Teens Love YouTube, Not So Much Facebook

Another insight from the study that emerged was that girls are more likely to use Snapchat, while boys mostly use YouTube.

Just 51% of United States individuals aged 13 to 17 say they use Facebook - a dramatic plunge from the 71% who said they used the social network in Pew's previous study in 2015, when it was the dominant online platform. Recently, a 2014-2015 survey showed that Facebook was on top of its competitors. "At the same time we've seen this shift, teens are more digitally connected than ever".

Facebook is not a favorite social network among teens anymore.

Facebook has been dominated by other social networking platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube in terms of popularity.

Facebook is no longer the most popular social media site, as teens are ignoring it. Seven-in-ten teens living in households earning less than $30,000 a year say they use Facebook, compared with 36 per cent whose annual family income is $75,000 or more.

The number of Facebook users is far below the 85 percent of teens on YouTube, 72 percent on Instagram, and 69 percent on Snapchat.

That might explain why 45% of teens said they're online "almost constantly", a stat that has nearly doubled since the 2015 survey. Vine was shut down in January 2017.

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The latest survey only indicated that Facebook has a teen issue. Furthermore, teens from lower income households notably gravitate towards Facebook more than those from higher-income homes, just like the former survey. YouTube was not included in the survey in 2015.

Despite making social media a huge part of their lives, teens have mixed feelings about whether that's a good or bad thing. This current survey only allowed the participants to select the platforms they use.

With social media, though, there could be other factors that explain what is driving away today's teens.

Facebook investors don't appear overly concerned with the findings, as the stock was trading higher by more than 1 percent just before the close Friday at $193.97.

The study's lead author, Monica Anderson said in a statement that the environment of social media has changed among the teens over the last 3 years.

With respect to the impact of social networks in the lives of teens, the opinions are divided: 31% of them judge the whole, positive and 24% negative overall. Instead, more teens anxious about social media's role in bullying and hurting relationships. In the previous survey, only 83 percent said that they have access to smartphones.

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