Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Facebook has lost its popularity among modern kids

Facebook has lost its popularity among modern kids

YouTube is dominating social media use among teenagers, as Facebook fades from popularity, according to a new survey.

Alongside YouTube, Instagram was the next highest, with the platforming being used by 72 percent of teens. Pew also notes that 45 per cent of teens say they use the internet almost constantly, nearly double from the previous survey.

Another interesting characteristic found in both reports is that Facebook use is more popular among lower incomes. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey. In the USA, it has been found that teens are gravitating more towards YouTube or Instagram than Facebook. Instagram not only remains popular, it's slightly more popular than Snapchat. Meanwhile, Twitter followed at 32 per cent, and Tumblr's popularity (14 per cent) remained the same since the 2015 survey.

However, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, Facebook faces a new obstacle: The inevitable march of time.

"Depending on Facebook's continued evolution, as these teens grow older and go through different life events, they may again embrace Facebook", said LSA's Sterling.

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While they use a range of devices to access online, the device of choice were smartphones and laptops.

The study's lead author, Monica Anderson said in a statement that the environment of social media has changed among the teens over the last 3 years. This has been cited as the reason for the increased use of social media platforms.

"At the time, the use of social networks by teens revolved mostly around Facebook". Minorities of teenagers describe that effect as mostly positive (31 per cent) or mostly negative (24 per cent), but the largest share (45 per cent) says that effect has been neither positive nor negative, the survey showed.

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

However, teens seem to have mixed views on how impactful social media is on their lives, the survey suggests. In households with an annual income of $75,000 or more per year, 96 percent of teens say they have access to a computer at home.

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