Teens favor YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat over Facebook and Twitter

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This is not the first study to indicate that teens are leaving Facebook.

No matter the platform, teens are spending almost all their time online.

Facebook appears to be heading for a similar fate as Yahoo! because it is hurtling towards irrelevance among teens, new data from Pew Research Center reveals. So that Facebook is losing their earnings and ranks in the fourth popularity slot among teens. Fifty-one percent of those polled reported using the social networking service.

Still, most teens prioritize YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram over Facebook.

A new study has revealed that Facebook's popularity among USA teenagers has taken a massive beating over the last few years, while its rival social network companies continue to remain hot favorites. In the previous survey, 71 percent of teens said that they use Facebook. In 2015, those numbers were 73 percent and 24 percent respectively. Vine was shut down in January 2017.

Young individuals are turning their back on Facebook. Around 70 percent of teens from those households use Facebook. Facebook, meanwhile, was only used by 51-percent of the teens surveyed, and only 10-percent of them say they use it most often. Pew Research Center survey shows a large outflow of the most important audience of the social network - teenagers.

However, teens seem to have mixed views on how much social media impacts their lives, the survey suggests. The most recent survey only asks which ones they do use.

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With social media, though, there could be other factors that explain what is driving away today's teens.

Snapchat, however, slightly outpaced YouTube in the "most often" used category at 35-percent versus 32-percent. Youtube does not even come in the same category as that of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. The biggest group - 45 per cent of teens surveyed - said it has had neither a positive nor a negative effect.

Nearly a third described the effect as mostly positive, and a quarter saying mostly negative.

Reasons for the positive impact include the ability to connect with friends and family and the ability to find news and information.

Smartphone usage is almost ubiquitous in this age group, with 95 percent having some kind of access to a device, up from 73 percent in 2015.

Most of those aged 13 to 17 own or have access to a smartphone, with 45% online on a near-constant basis.

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