YouTube tops teen social media, as Facebook fades

Joshua Bennett
June 4, 2018

The survey of American teens found that nearly 45 percent of them said they're online "almost constantly".

The survey discovered that 50 percent of female users said they were always online compared with 39 percent of male users. Hispanic teens also reported higher levels of internet usage, with 54% saying they use the internet on a near-constant basis.

Usage of the internet has gone up overall among teenagers, with 45 percent reporting that they use it almost constantly, compared to just 24 percent three years ago.

There are some exceptions when it comes to teens using different social media platforms based on demographics.

But that wasn't the dominant response.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl said, "It makes it harder for people to socialize in real life, because they become accustomed to not interacting with people in person". The initiative is aimed at helping users track how much time they're spending online, and offers tools to help people avoid distractions and look at their phones less frequently. Negative reasons for social networks include bullying and the harmful impact it has on relationships.

Despite the teen exodus, Facebook remains the world's largest social platform with 2.2 billion monthly users.

A 17-year-old boy simply replied, "because a lot of things created or made can spread joy". At the time, Facebook was heralded as the most popular social media platform in the country. Just hours after surviving a massacre, a group of those students began a viral campaign to promote gun control restrictions, and used social media to organize a march on Washington, D.C.

This weekend you would have seen New Zealand news outlets saying 45% of teens were online, and Facebook was fading... according to Pew Research center, and while this is true for United States teens it's not so much for NZ teens. And only 51 percent of USA teens stated that they use Facebook as their go-to social networking service. Now that's 51 percent.

Race and gender also played a factor into which social networks teens use.

24 percent said social media had a negative impact on them. Instagram is used by 72 percent of teenagers, and Snapchat by 69 percent. This may have also contributed to the rise in teens who say they're nearly constantly online.

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