Pew study: Teens use of social media ‘almost constant’

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Teenagers in America are using social media platforms at a rate that they describe as “almost constant,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Conducted Sept. 26-Oct. 23 among 1,453 13- to 17-year-olds, the survey covered social media, internet use and device ownership among teens.

Key findings, according to Pew:

YouTube dominates. “Roughly nine-in-ten teens say they use YouTube, making it the most widely used platform measured in our survey.”

TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram remain popular among teens: “Majorities of teens ages 13 to 17 say they use TikTok (63%), Snapchat (60%) and Instagram (59%). For older teens ages 15 to 17, these shares are about seven-in-ten.”

TikTok, a Chinese-developed app, has been linked to anti-semitism attitudes. TikTok’s parent company is ByteDance Ltd., originally was founded by Chinese entrepreneurs, but today, some 60% percent of the company is owned by investors such as Carlyle Group, whose cofounder is David Rubenstein, the father of Gabrielle Rubenstein, the vice chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Teens are less likely to be using Facebook and X/Twitter than they were a decade ago: “Facebook once dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth, but the share of teens who use the site has dropped from 71% in 2014-2015 to 33% today.”

The changing habits of teens with social media apps will inform political campaigns in the future, as candidates adapt to new ways to reach young voters, who are increasingly getting their news and adopting social attitudes from social media. A 2019 survey conducted by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey revealed that 54% of teenagers get news from social media platforms at least a few times a week.

Read the complete report from Pew Research Center at this link.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The chronic screen jockeys will be ruled over by those controlling the content.

    “Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.” ― Frank Herbert

  2. Don’t blame the children. Their so-called parents are buying these devices for them. God forbid, that people would have to actually communicate again. And for that matter, if teens had to earn their own money for items other than real necessities again. You know, like a after school entry level job.

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