A recent survey was released which reports on the online technology habits of United States teens. Among the findings, was the fact that 95 percent of teens age 13 to 17 years old have a smartphone. In addition, approximately 45 percent of teens in that age group are online “almost constantly.” When it comes to their desired social media platform, Facebook has fallen out of favor.
The latest report came from the Pew Research Center which says that its now YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat that are the most popular choices for teens online. The survey showed that 85 percent of the U.S. teens use YouTube, while 72 percent use Instagram, and 69 percent use Snapchat. Just 51 percent of those surveyed said they are using Facebook, while only 32 percent said they are using Twitter. Of the social media services, SnapChat and YouTube were each used most by often, according to the survey responses.
During the Pew Center’s 2014-2015 survey of teens, 71 percent of the teens who were surveyed said they were Facebook users. It was a clear favorite back then, but within just three or four years, the other more visual social media platforms seem to be taking over. Of those, both Instagram and Snapchat provide quick content for users to consume.
The biggest takeaway from the Pew Center’s latest survey is that no longer is there just one social media platform, site, or app that rules over the rest. Facebook used to be the “cool place” for most kids to share things with their friends, but it seems to have fallen out of favor with these newer and quicker content sharing options available.
Snapchat has shown the ability to offer a bit more privacy than the others, which could be part of why it is so widely used, while Instagram allows for consumption of photos and images as well. The fact that YouTube is so highly visited is a testament to the site being a new form of entertainment in the modern tech world.