Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

The more young people are choosing other social networks than Facebook

The more young people are choosing other social networks than Facebook

Facebook use, meanwhile, has dropped overall in the three years since Pew last surveyed teens about their social media use. "No other platform was used by a clear majority of teens at the time: Around half (52%) of teens said they used Instagram, while 41% reported using Snapchat".

The data comes from a Pew Research Center survey in which USA teens revealed which services they use and which one they use most often.

The survey also discovered that lower-income teens "are more likely to gravitate toward Facebook than those from higher-income households".

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

Now, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are significantly more popular among younger users than Facebook. Instagram earned only 15-percent of "most used" responses. Twitter followed at 32 percent and Tumblr remained the same (14 percent) since the 2015 survey.

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The Pew study also showed that a significant percentage of USA teens play video games ― including computer, console and cellphone games ― which is not surprising.

The latest survey only indicated that Facebook has a teen issue. For a lot of them, Mark Zuckerberg's social media platform is designed more for older individuals who wish to reconnect with their old friends. Smartphones are a almost ubiquitous accessory among teens, 95% percent of whom say they own or have access to one. Girls are more likely to identify Snapchat as their most used site (42% v 29%) while boys were more likely to say YouTube (39% v 25%).

Researchers said, though, it's unclear whether the impact of social media use is more positive or negative - as 31 percent of respondents said mostly positive, while almost a quarter said mostly negative. 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.

When it comes to the platform that they access most frequently throughout the day, Snapchat is king. In 2018, the percentage was 45 percent, up 21 points from three years ago.

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