Forget Facebook; YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat more popular among US teens

New Delhi: Facebook is no longer the most popular platform among American teens, latest survey suggests. According to the Pew Research Center’s new study, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among them. Interestingly, 95% of teens have access to a smartphone and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly.’

According to the survey, compiled by Monica Anderson and Jingjing Jiang, roughly half (51%) of US teens (age group of 13-17) say they use Facebook, while 85% teenagers use YouTube, 72% use Instagram and 69% use Snapchat. The survey was conducted between March 7 and April 10 this year.

The effect of social media

Although, there are several studies suggest negative effect of social media on lives of the people, most of the teenagers are neutral on this aspect. While, 31% of teens describe that effect as mostly positive, 24% suggest mostly negative, however, the largest share, 45%, of them say that effect has been neither positive nor negative.

Teens from lower income groups like Facebook

According to the survey, teens from lower-income group are more likely to gravitate toward Facebook than those from higher-income households. Seven-in-ten teens living in households earning less than $30,000 a year say they use Facebook, compared with 36% whose annual family income is $75,000 or more.

Teens visit Snapchat the most

When it comes to which one of these online platforms teens use the most, roughly one-third say they use Snapchat (35%) or YouTube (32%) most often, while 15% say the same for Instagram. By comparison, 10% of teens say Facebook is their most-used online platform, and even fewer cite Twitter, Reddit or Tumblr as the site they visit most often.