A survey released by Pew Research Center on Thursday show that 51% of USA teenagers (ages 13 to 17) now use Facebook, making it the fourth most frequently used social media platform, after YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.
Teens cut use of Facebook for Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram, according to Pew Research Center. The popularity of social networking has fallen by 20% compared to the previous Pew survey 2015.
Now, YouTube is the most popular platform among teens about 85% say they use it.
Interestingly, girls were more likely than boys to say Snapchat is the site they use most often, while boys were more inclined than girls to identify YouTube as their go-to platform. Teens with higher household incomes used Facebook less, only 30 percent of teens from households that earn $75K or more use Facebook. Instagram was most often used by 15 percent. The Pew study also found smartphone growth among teens has jumped significantly since 2015.
Social media networks are "generational", as baby boomers and Gen X-ers "love Facebook", but millennials and younger age groups "don't want to be around their parents and old people", Calcanis said. Around 70 percent of teens from those households use Facebook. At that time, it was used by around 24 percent of teens.
However, 10 percent of respondents said Facebook was the social network they used the most.
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While they use a range of devices to access online, the device of choice were smartphones and laptops.
"The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago".
Others who found social media harmful cited the potential for online bullying, spreading of false information and addiction.
The study also probes the effect social media is having on America's youth, and finds almost a third (31%) see it as mostly positive, while almost a quarter (24%) see it as mostly negative. For a lot of them, Mark Zuckerberg's social media platform is designed more for older individuals who wish to reconnect with their old friends.
The Pew report noted that almost 750 teens were surveyed in one month earlier this year. The margin of error is 5 percentage points. The survey was conducted March 7-April 10, according to pew Research. This includes computer, console and mobile games.