These days it’s hard to find a teen that isn’t on social media at least a little bit, if not all the time. And while they certainly aren’t the only ones addicted to social media, which sites they go on is another story. A new Pew Research center poll of teens 13 to 17 finds:
- YouTube is the most popular social media site for teens, with 95% saying they use the site.
- Quickly rising in the rankings though is TikTok, which 67% of teens say they use.
- Facebook, which 71% of teens used between 2014 to 2015, has dropped dramatically, with only 32% of teens saying they ever use it.
Top Social Media Platforms For Teens
(percentage of teens who say they ever use the platform)
- YouTube (95%)
- TikTok (67%)
- Instagram (62%)
- Snapchat (59%)
- Facebook (32%)
- Twitter (23%)
- Twitch (20%)
- WhatsAp (17%)
- Reddit (14%)
- Tumblr (5%)
When it comes to how much teens use these sites
- 19% of teens say they go to YouTube almost constantly.
- 16% use TikTok almost constantly.
- 10% use Intagram almost constantly.
- 15% use Snapchat almost constantly.
- Only 2% use Facebook almost constantly.
- Overall, 54% of teens admit it would be at least somewhat hard for them to give up social media.
- But 46% believe it would be at least somewhat easy.
- Teen girls are more likely to admit it would be hard to give up social media compared to teen boys (58% vs. 49%).
- Teen boys are more likely than teen girls to say it would be easy to give up (25% vs. 15%).
- 55% of teens insist they spend about the right amount of time on social media.
- 36% admit they spend too much time on it.
- Only 8% spend too little time on it.
Source: Pew Research