YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat Beat Facebook in Social Media Popularity Among Teens

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Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other apps on a smartphone. / Photo by: Xander Dez via Pixabay


Popular social media Facebook is no longer the dominant platform among teenagers, according to a recent survey from Pew Research Center. The survey found that many teens now favor YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat more than Facebook.

In the survey that included almost 750 teenagers, about 85 percent of them preferred to use YouTube, 72 percent favored Instagram, and 69 percent chose Snapchat over Facebook. Even though most of the participants moved away from Facebook, the platform is still selected by 51 percent. Other social media apps like Tumblr has been used by 32 percent of teens, while 32 percent remained active in Twitter. The survey was conducted between March 7 and April 10, 2018.

One factor that led to the shift of adolescents from Facebook to other social media apps was the growth of smartphone ownership among the youth. According to the survey, the significant smartphone growth resulted in 95 percent of teens owning or having access to one, compared to the 75 percent in 2015. It also explained why 45 percent of teens were constantly active online.

Another factor mentioned in the survey was the increased share of teens with internet use, an effect of widespread smartphone use. About 50 percent of almost constantly online teens were girls, while 39 percent were boys. Hispanic teens were also found to more likely use the internet than Whites.

Meanwhile, video games remain a competitive market among teenagers. The survey pointed out that 84 percent of teens have access to a single game console at home, while 90 percent of the youth play any kind of video game, whether on a computer, console or smartphone. For gender-specific results, about 83 percent of teen girls play video games of any kind, while boys continue to dominate the population of video game players across the different platforms, with a 92-percent prevalence rate.