Teens ditching Facebook for YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat

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Today, roughly half (51 per cent) of United States teens ages 13 to 17 say they use Facebook, notably lower than the shares who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat. This shift in social media use of teenagers is just one example of how the technology landscape for young people has evolved since the Pew Research Center's last survey of teenagers and technology use in 2014-2015.

Alongside YouTube, Instagram was the next highest, with the platforming being used by 72 percent of teens. It's a dramatic increase from three years ago, when only about half of teens used Instagram and 41 percent said they used Snapchat.

Another interesting characteristic found in both reports is that Facebook use is more popular among lower incomes.

Google+ and Vine, which were used by 33 percent and 24 percent of teens respectively in the 2014-15 survey, weren't even included in the latest report.

Facebook is aging and its users also: teens americans prefer more and more other social networks, more focused on the photos and the videos, confirmed a new study published Thursday.

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When it comes to the platform teens access most frequently throughout the day, Snapchat is king.

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

For his survey, the researchers from Pew tracked 1,058 parents who have a teen aged 13 to 17, as well as 743 teens online and by telephone from March 7 to April 10, 2018. The survey showed 45 per cent of teens said they are online nearly constantly, while another 44per cent said they're online several times a day.

Pew notes in the report that the wording of some of the questions changed in between the two studies and that YouTube was not given as an option in the 2015 study.

In case you had any doubts, teenagers are using social media. Another 44% say they go online several times a day, meaning almost nine out of 10 go online at least multiple times per day. 31 percent of the surveyed teens believe social media has a positive effect as it helped them to connect with their family and friends. The largest bloc, 45%, said that the effect was neither positive nor negative.