Jun 1, 2018

Facebook losing out to YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat among US teens

YouTube has stolen Facebook's former dominance over teens, with 85% of them preferring the video-sharing platform. Second and third top social media services among teens are now Instagram at 72% and Snapchat at 69%. The numbers of teens who use Twitter and Tumblr are largely unchanged compared to the results found in 2015. The Pew study, which surveyed nearly 750 teens in one month earlier this year, found that the increase in smartphone ownership played a huge part in teen life. Consistent with previous studies, that while most teens used the same social media platforms as their peers, low-income teens were more likely to prefer Facebook than teens from a higher-income household. The Pew survey could not find clear consensus among teens about the effects of social media on their lives.

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