Teens are jumping ship on Facebook for rival platforms

Our Social Media Accounts Are Driving Us Crazy

The Pew Research Center survey shows that 85 percent of USA teens, ages 13 to 17, use YouTube, compared with 72 percent for the Facebook-owned Instagram and 69 percent for Snapchat.

Teenagers may be shunning Facebook for multiple reasons, but as a whole the Pew Research study reveals another key takeaway: 24 percent of teens think social media has a mostly negative impact on their generation, Statista said. Use of the main Facebook service is at 51 per cent among teens, down from 71 per cent in a 2014-2015 Pew survey. YouTube takes first place with 85 percent of teens using it, and then Instagram at 72 percent, and Snapchat comes in third with 69 percent.

By comparison, during Pew's 2014-2015 survey, only 24 per cent of teens said there were online nearly constantly.

However, lower-income teenagers are more likely to use Facebook. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey. The organization found that Facebook ranks in the fourth popularity slot among teens, falling behind Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube.

YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat have emerged as the most popular online hangouts for USA teens, surpassing the once-dominant Facebook. White teens were more likely to use Snapchat and black teens were more likely to use Facebook.

Facebook did outpace Twitter, used by just 32 percent of teens surveyed, and Tumblr, which drew only 9 percent.

Forty-five percent of teens said they are online "almost constantly", the poll noted.

In case you had any doubts, teenagers are using social media. About 45% believe social media has neither a positive nor a negative effect on people their age.

The survey also found there is no clear consensus among teenagers about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today.

Teens do on social media what teens have been doing for a millenia...they have extremely uninteresting teen conversations that for them, mean life or death.

The Pew Research Centre has confirmed that Facebook has seen a 20% drop from teens from the ages 13 to 17. Also, respondents were asked to categorically state whether they use each of the platforms or not in the previous survey. In 2018, the percentage was 45 percent, up 21 points from three years ago.

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