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1 in 5 US teens use YouTube 'almost all the time', TikTok close behind

Pew Research released a report investigating trends in social media use among U.S. teens. The group found that a whopping 95% use it, while 19% are on the platform “almost often”.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, two-thirds (67%) said they used it, with 16% claiming they were on the app “almost all the time”. The third most popular social media platform among teens is Pew, used by 62%. One in 10 say they use it almost all the time — even though the app occasionally tells them to. A previous poll found that 52% use Instagram (Pew did not ask in that survey YouTube usage, TikTok didn’t exist at the time).

has also risen among teens, with 59% using it in 2022, compared to 41% in the previous poll. Seven years ago it was the most popular social media app among teens, with 71% using it, but that number has dropped to 32%. Teen adoption rates (down from 33% to 23%) and (14% to 5%) also declined over the same period.

The 2014-15 poll did not ask, or. Today, 1 in 5 teens use Twitch, 17% use WhatsApp, and 14% use Reddit. It’s worth mentioning that an earlier poll showed that 33 percent of teens use Google+, while a quarter use Vine. This time, Pew didn’t ask teens about their use of social play spaces like .

Pew surveyed 1,316 13- to 17-year-olds (and one of their parents) in April and May. Boys are more likely to use YouTube, Twitch and Reddit, while girls are more likely to say they visit TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat, the study found. More black and Hispanic teens say they use TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp than white teens.

While more than half (54%) of teens say they have a hard time quitting social media, 36% admit they spend too much time on the platform. About 55% said their level of use was “about the same.” At the same time, 97% of teens now use the internet every day, with 46% saying they are online almost all the time.

Survey found that 95% of teens have access to a smartphone (up from 73% in 2014-15), while 90% have access to a desktop or laptop, up from the previous survey 87%. Curiously, the percentage of teens who said they had access to a console dropped slightly, from 81% to 80%.

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