The use of social media by teenagers varies based on age, socioeconomic status, and household income. Teens from low-income households are more likely to use Facebook, while those from affluent households are more likely to use Snapchat. These differences suggest that social media is a growing part of the teenage lifestyle.
Snapchat has exploded in popularity among teenagers. This messaging app allows users to send and receive videos, photos, and text messages. The posts can live for up to 24 hours on a user's feed before they disappear. The app has tons of features designed specifically for teens. Users can take photos using a variety of lenses, add stickers, and even call friends.
According to Pew Research, teens use four main social media platforms. The most popular among these platforms is YouTube, followed by Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok. However, Facebook's share has fallen significantly among teens, with only 32% of teens using it on a regular basis.
Snapchat and TikTok have grown in popularity since their debut in North America. The survey found that 67% of teenagers use TikTok every day, while 16% use it almost constantly. Other popular platforms include Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. The majority of teenagers are active on these social media sites, although Facebook has taken a huge hit in recent years.
The use of social media by teenagers is mostly for fun and entertainment. It can also help teens connect with friends and explore their identities. However, excessive use of social media can cause sleep problems, disrupt sleep, and expose teenagers to peer pressure and bullying. Further, it can expose them to inaccurate information about other people's lives, leading to unhealthy behaviors and even depression.
Despite the negative effects, most teens would find it difficult to live without their social media accounts. More than half of teens say it would be very difficult to live without them. And while they spend a lot of time on social media, only 30% of them will give up their social media accounts altogether, according to the study.
Another popular social media platform is YouTube. The second largest search engine in the world, YouTube has more than two billion active monthly users. Users from every age bracket use YouTube. While it has a large user base, its popularity is declining among young users. The majority of its users are 15-to-35-year-old males.