That's a drop from Pew's last survey, conducted in 2014 and 2015, which found that Facebook was the most popular social media platform among United States teenagers. Results from the time show that 52 percent of teens said they used Instagram and 41 percent said they used Snapchat. A plurality (45 percent) said social media usage had neither a positive or negative affect on their lives, while 31 reported the impact was mostly positive and 24 percent said it was mostly negative.
The organization reported that teenagers are dumping Facebook and turning their attention towards other social networks such as Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram.
Though the Facebook app was edged out of the top 3 among teens, Facebook Inc.is Instagram's parent company. Fifty-two percent of teens used Instagram, and 20 percent used it most often. That being said, the survey poses no doubt in the sharp drop of kids using Facebook from seventy-one percent to fifty-one percent, as estimated from the year 2015.
"The landscape of social networks has completely changed among teens in the past three years", said Monica Anderson, who led the study. Ninety-five percent of teens have access to a smartphone in 2018.
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Facebook is no more the coolest social media platform and today nearly everyone has access to smartphones. Younger social media users are increasingly migrating to alternative platforms. and coming online in droves.
Also as smartphone access has become more prevalent, a growing share of teens now report using the internet on a near-constant basis. The new report shows that 36% of respondents from the group using Facebook come from higher-income households while teens from lower income households represent 70%.
While they use a range of devices to access online, the device of choice were smartphones and laptops. 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. Only 24 percent said they believe it has a "mostly negative effect" on people their age, whereas the vast majority believe it is mostly positive or has neither a positive or a negative effect. Today's 95% is a 22-point increase from the 73% of teens three years ago.