US teens are abandoning Facebook for YouTube, Snapchat
Three years ago, Facebook was the dominant social media site among US teens, visited by 71% of people in that magic, trendsetting demographic. Not anymore.
Now, only 51% of kids between 13 and 17 use Facebook, according to Pew Research Center. The world’s largest social network has finally been eclipsed in popularity by YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook-owned Instagram.
“The social media environment today revolves less around a single platform than it did three years ago,” the researchers wrote in a survey published on Thursday. YouTube is the most popular, used by 85% of teens, according to Pew.
Only 10% of teens say Facebook is their most-used online platform. The Pew analysis was based on a survey of 1 058 parents who have a teenager between 13 and 17, as well as interviews with 743 teens themselves. Interviews were conducted online and by telephone from 7 March to 10 April.
Pew noted that the biggest change since its last teen survey, besides Facebook’s fall from dominance, was just how ubiquitous smartphones have become among young people. Ninety-five percent of teens own a smartphone or have access to one, and 45% say they are online “on a near-constant basis”.
I've seen the same from my teen and it's not a bad thing. Some variety and perspective across social networks is a good thing. The trend now is to share the instant moment on something photographic without all the clutter and ads that Facebook has.
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