Teens are using Facebook less

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Facebook edged out of top 3 social networks by U.S. teens

The statistics show that only 51% of U.S. teens aged 13-17 use Facebook, with only 10% saying it is their preferred social media platform.

Instagram is slightly more popular than Snapchat overall, Pew said, with 72% of respondents saying they use the photo-sharing app compared to Snapchat's 69%. Instagram was the only other site at the time that a majority of teens (52 percent) reported using.

In the previous survey, websites like YouTube and Reddit weren't included as options. Furthermore, teens from lower income households notably gravitate towards Facebook more than those from higher-income homes, just like the former survey.

Though declining numbers of teenage users is troublesome for Facebook, it isn't the only problem the social network faces with regard to younger users' statistics.

For the most part, teens tend to use similar platforms regardless of their demographic characteristics, but there are exceptions. Meanwhile, Twitter followed at 32%, and Tumblr's popularity remained the same since the 2015 survey.

"The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago", study authors Monica Anderson and Jingjing Jiang wrote in Pew's report. Around 70 percent of teens from those households use Facebook.

So if you were to not separate FB products, technically FB still dominates with 47% of teens using the platform's products.

Pew found that changing social media patterns are taking place as digital technology continues to evolve.

"These mobile connections are in turn fueling more-persistent online activities: 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis". Facebook was a distant fourth with just 10 percent of respondents identifying it as the service they used most often. Another 44% say they go online several times a day, meaning roughly nine-in-ten teens go online at least multiple times per day.

Teens do on social media what teens have been doing for a millenia...they have extremely uninteresting teen conversations that for them, mean life or death. Only 24 percent said the social media use had a mostly negative effect on their lives. Of course, YouTube is a social platform and people do upload their videos but it mostly comes under the category, which houses Netflix, Spotify, and Twitch.

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