Facebook popularity sinking among teens

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According to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that just 51 per cent of Americans from 13 to 17-years-old say they use Facebook, down from 71 per cent in 2015. In just three years since Pew's last survey on teens' social media use, Facebook's dominance has declined.

Second and third top social media services among teens are now Instagram at 72% and Snapchat at 69%. In the previous study, just 52% of teens said they used Instagram, while 41% said they used Snapchat. Only 31 percent of those surveyed said social media has a mostly positive impact on their generation. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey. YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are all used more by teens these days.

Now, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are significantly more popular among younger users than Facebook.

Of teenagers that are still using Facebook, the majority (70 percent) come from lower-income households (less than $30,000). Meanwhile, Twitter followed at 32 per cent, and Tumblr's popularity (14 per cent) remained the same since the 2015 survey. Only 10 percent of teens said Facebook was their most-visited site.

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The latest survey only indicated that Facebook has a teen issue. Most notably, smartphone ownership has become a almost ubiquitous element of teen life: 95 per cent of teens now report they have a smartphone or access to one.

The report, titled "Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018", surveyed teens and their parents about their internet and social media usage. More access to smartphones has fueled more persistent online activities, researchers said. Surely teens are no different than adults when it comes to a thirst for information or the desire to connect with their friends and family on social media. "It blocks recent search history." said one 15yr old during the survey.

It also added that it had found that the increase in smartphone ownership played a huge part in teen life - pointing out that the current 95 percent is a 22-point increase from the 73 percent of teens three years ago. Only 24 per cent said it has mostly a negative impact, while 31per cent said it's mostly positive.