Not Facebook, US Teens Are Most Found On YouTube And Instagram

AASTHA SINGAL | 1
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| June 1 , 2018 , 18:36 IST

Gone are the days when Facebook was the most loved social media website among teenagers as services like YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat have taken over that sphere. According to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday, teenagers are no more into Facebook.

Based on the interviews of 743 teens and 1,058 parents with children ages 13 to 17 across different races, household incomes and parental educational attainment about their social media habits, US teens have ditched Mark Zuckerberg-led platform for other visually stimulating alternatives.

The study ascertained that YouTube tops the list of most used social media platforms as 85% of teens confirmed about using the video streaming service. The photo-sharing application, Instagram followed the lead with 72% of teens whereas Snapchat was hot on its tail with 69%.

Unlike the similar survey conducted in 2015 when Facebook topped the list 71%, the giant has slipped to 51% this year, attaining the fourth position. Notably, Pew Research did not include YouTube in the 2015 survey making it difficult to ascertain the usage of video-streaming service 3 years back.

The survey highlighted the increased ownership of smartphones by teenagers could be another reason for usage of competitive applications. Compared to 73% from just a few years ago, about 95% of teens of different genders, races and ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds "have or have access to a smartphone."

The earlier survey had conveyed that only 24% of teens were online nearly constantly whereas the percentage has taken a drastic jump this year, taking it to 45. Despite the drastic increase, nearly half of teenagers didn't think it had any positive or negative side effects.