Facebook sinking fast among United States teens

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New figures from Pew's latest survey show that YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat - in that order - are the most popular online platforms among USA teens ages 13 to 17.

Facebook was once the dominant social network used by teens in the USA, now it has been surpassed by other social networks, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

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Teenagers have abandoned Facebook in favour of other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. This was more than any other social media service, including Instagram (72 percent), Snapchat (69 percent), Facebook (51 percent), and Twitter (32 percent).

The survey of people age 13 to 17 showed the YouTube platform of Alphabet (GOOGL) is now used by 85% of teens. It turned out that teenagers from lower income families use Facebook more compared to their peers from larger-income families. This edition of the research found 95% of respondents own or have access to a smartphone, up from 73% when the research was conducted in 2014-15. YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are all used more by teens these days.

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But some surveys and analysts suggest it is losing appeal to younger users amid a rise in services like Snapchat and Facebook-owned Instagram. Pew found that 45 percent of teens were neutral about social media's presence in their lives, while 31 percent called it positive, and 24 said it is negative. Around 70 percent of teens from those households use Facebook.

That rise in the "almost constantly" category is likely linked to "a pretty big jump" in teens who have access to smartphones, Anderson said. More than half (56 percent) of teenage Facebook users come from households earning more than $30,000 each year, but less than $75,000. It also asked teens to state which social media websites they used and didn't use. In addition, the 2014-2015 survey required respondents to provide an explicit response for whether or not they used each platform, while the 2018 survey presented respondents with a list of sites and allowed them to select the ones they use. At the time, Facebook was heralded as the most popular social media platform in the country.

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The Pew Research Centre has released new research which questions whether we can continue to call Facebook the king of social media.

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