Pew Research Centre has published a recent study that says only 51 percent of US teenagers between 13 to 17 years use Facebook. The number has seen a shocking decrease of 21 percent as observed in a similar study published in 2015. The teenagers who were interviewed in the survey admitted that their preferences were YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat.
This research covered 1,058 parents and 73 teenagers. The survey was held between March 7th and April 10th of this year exploring the effects and priorities of people especially teenagers who use social media, and its implications.
YouTube is the most successful amongst teenagers with 85 percent of teens surveyed prioritizing their YouTube usage. Instagram and Snapchat followed in popularity at 72 percent and 69 percent respectively. Only 10 percent said they used Facebook when asked which site is the most popular for them. Meanwhile, YouTube and Snapchat are the first preference for one-third of surveyed teens. Instagram was most often used by 15 percent. Twitter stood at three percent, while Reddit and Tumblr were being used by one percent and less than one percent respectively.
Researchers of the study believe that social media trends have drastically changed. Previously, teenagers were only using Facebook but now multiple social media platforms are the highlight of their digital presence. 31 percent of the surveyed teens believe social media has a positive effect as it helped them to connect with their family and friends. 45 percent of the teens believed it to have a negative impact referring to cyberbullying and defaming or derogatory gossip.
In 2015, only 73 percent of teenagers said they owned a smartphone. The number increased to 95 percent in 2018. 45 percent said they were all the time online on the internet while this figure was 24% in 2015. In another study conducted earlier this year, more than 80 percent of US teenagers said they owned an iPhone.