Facebook is turning off teens

Facebook edged out of top 3 social networks by U.S. teens

The survey questioned U.S. teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.

The Pew Research Centre revealed on Thursday that only 51% of USA teens use Facebook. According to Pew, 95 percent of teens own a smartphone or have access to one. Not surprisingly, teens are also active on Instagram (72%) and Snapchat (69%).

Only 10 percent of teenagers who took part in the survey said they use Facebook more than any other social media app.

The Pew study also showed that a significant percentage of US teens play video games ― including computer, console and cellphone games ― which is not surprising. It was followed by YouTube at 32%, Instagram at 15%, Facebook at 10% and Twitter at 3%.

Lower-income teens were more likely to use Facebook than those from wealthier households, with about 70 percent of those living in a household making less than $30,000 a year reporting using Facebook.

"The social media environment today revolves less around a single platform than it did three years ago", the researchers wrote in a survey published Thursday. At that time, 71 percent of teens said they were Facebook users.

The study does not include apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger, which all count as social apps.

While Facebook may have lost its reign among the teenage demographic to Google-owned YouTube, it has owned the rising favourite Instagram, a photo and video-sharing networking service, since 2012. Those reporting a more positive view noted how social media helps users connect to friends and family while those believing it to have a negative impact pointed to bullying and rumor-spreading on social media sites.

The dip wasn't unexpected for Facebook - the social network has struggled to stay relevant with younger audiences as their parents signed up to monitor their child's social presence and stayed after the kids moved on to the visual nature of Snapchat and Instagram's picture-based services. The remaining 45 per cent said it was neither.

Facebook is the world's biggest social network with some two billion regular users.

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