Teens favor YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat over Facebook and Twitter

Our Social Media Accounts Are Driving Us Crazy

Our Social Media Accounts Are Driving Us Crazy

According to a Pew Research Report released today, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube are now more popular than Facebook, a social network with more than two billion monthly active users worldwide.

Pew surveyed American teens aged from 13 to 17 and found that only 51 percent of them said they used Facebook at all. The researchers discovered that more than 80 percent of United States teens are using YouTube, making this video-streaming service the most popular social media platform for teens.

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

Interestingly, girls were more likely than boys to say Snapchat is the site they use most often, while boys were more inclined than girls to identify YouTube as their go-to platform. Teens with higher household incomes used Facebook less, only 30 percent of teens from households that earn $75K or more use Facebook. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey.

But some surveys and analysts suggest it is losing appeal to younger users amid a rise in services like Snapchat and Facebook-owned Instagram.

Pew conducted the study on US teens aged 13 to 17 from March 7th to April 10th, 2018. Around 70 percent of teens from those households use Facebook.

Among those that said it had a positive effect, connecting with friends and family was the most common reason why, while those that said it had a negative effect pointed to bullying and rumor spreading on the social network.

As Slate points out, much has changed since Pew's previous study on the same matter. One of the platforms that are missing from the most recent survey is Vine.

The survey discovered that 50 percent of female users said they were always online compared with 39 percent of male users.

The survey also found differences in the use of social media platforms by gender and race. About 45% believe social media has neither a positive nor a negative effect on people their age.

"The social media environment among teens is quite different from what it was just three years ago", lead author Monica Anderson said.

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