19-Jun-2018

Teenagers ditching Facebook and opting for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat

NEW YORK June 2: US teenagers are ditching Facebook in favour of platforms such as YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, a study says.
 
Only 51% use Facebook, which is a 20 percentage point drop since 2015, when the US-based Pew Research Center last surveyed teens' social media habits.
 
Most of those aged 13 to 17 own or have access to a smartphone, with 45% online on a near-constant basis.
 
YouTube has stolen Facebook's former dominance over teens, with 85% of them preferring the video-sharing platform.
 
Second and third top social media services among teens are now Instagram at 72% and Snapchat at 69%.
 
The numbers of teens who use Twitter (32%) and Tumblr (14%) are largely unchanged compared to the results found in 2015.
 
While Facebook may have lost its reign among the teenage demographic to Google-owned YouTube, it has owned the rising favourite Instagram, a photo and video-sharing networking service, since 2012.