Pew Research: Teens Love YouTube, Not So Much Facebook

Delia Walker
June 4, 2018

"This shift in teens' social media use is just one example of how the technology landscape for young people has evolved since the Center's last survey of teens and technology use in 2014-2015", Jingjing Jiang and Monica Anderson said in a blog post.

Whites are also more likely to use Snapchat (41 percent) compared to Hispanics (29 percent) and blacks (23 percent), according to the report.

The survey of people age 13 to 17 showed the YouTube platform of Alphabet (GOOGL) is now used by 85% of teens.

The survey also suggested that the lower income teens who do not have access to smartphones or computers gravitate towards Facebook, maybe because of its popularity, whereas those in the higher income group spend their time on Instagram and YouTube. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey.


While Facebook may have lost its reign among the teenage demographic to Google-owned YouTube, it has owned the rising favourite Instagram, a photo and video-sharing networking service, since 2012. Just 10 percent use Facebook the most. When asked about which sites teens most often use, only 10 percent said they used Facebook.

"Depending on Facebook's continued evolution, as these teens grow older and go through different life events, they may again embrace Facebook", said LSA's Sterling.

A new study from Pew Research Center found that one out of two teens reports being online "almost constantly." .

Three years ago, Facebook was the dominant social media site among USA teens, visited by 71 per cent of people in that magic, trendsetting demographic. One of the platforms that are missing from the most recent survey is Vine.


When it comes to the platform that they access most frequently throughout the day, Snapchat is king. "Back then, teens' social media use mostly revolved around Facebook". Three years ago, Pew reported that 73 percent of teens said the same.

According to the report, 32 percent of teenagers surveyed said that they use Twitter.

Others who found social media harmful cited the potential for online bullying, spreading of false information and addiction.


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