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The use of Facebook by US teens is plunging; TikTok and YouTube use is on the rise, a study shows


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 12 Aug, 2022

A Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday found that US teens have largely abandoned Facebook over the last seven years in favor of video-sharing sites such as YouTube and TikTok.

As a result, TikTok has emerged as one of the top social media platforms among US teens, while YouTube stands out as the most frequently accessed platform among teens, according to the report.

A multibillion-dollar ad-driven business, Facebook's Meta is in a battle with TikTok for Facebook's social media primacy. Pew's data comes amid a battle for social media primacy between Facebook and TikTok.

The report stated that 67 percent of teens surveyed said they used TikTok and 95 percent of teens said they used YouTube, with 95 percent using YouTube and 95 percent saying they used TikTok.

As of the time of the study, 32 percent of teens reported that they used Facebook – a big reduction from the 71 percent who reported being users in a similar survey that was conducted some seven years ago.

The social network that used to be the place to be online is now usually associated with older folks, while the young are more likely to join social networks where they can send pictures and videos.

The survey found that approximately 62 percent of the teens said they use Instagram, owned by Facebook-parent Meta, and 59 percent said that they use Snapchat, according to the researchers.

The report found that less than a quarter of teens use Twitter. Additionally, the study confirmed what casual observers might have anticipated: 95 percent of US teens say they have a smartphone, while nearly as many have a desktop or laptop computer.

The survey found that approximately 62 percent of the teens said they use Instagram, owned by Facebook-parent Meta, and 59 percent said that they use Snapchat, according to the researchers.

A research project by the University of California at Berkeley found that the share of teens who have an almost constant connection to the internet has nearly doubled to 46 percent since 7 years ago.

The report was based on a survey conducted from mid-April to the beginning of May of this year, which involved 1,316 US teens, between the ages of 13 and 17, who replied to the survey.

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