US Teens Turning Away From Facebook

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US teenagers are ditching Facebook in favour of platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat, a study says.

Only 51 percent use Facebook, which is a 20-percentage point drop since 2015, when the US-based Pew Research Center last surveyed teens' social media habits, report CNN and the BBC.

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

YouTube has stolen Facebook's former dominance over teens, with 85 percent of them preferring the video-sharing platform.

Second and third top social media services among teens are now Instagram at 72 percent and Snapchat at 69 percent. Meanwhile, Twitter (TWTR) followed at 32 percent, and Tumblr's popularity (14 percent) remained the same since the 2015 survey.

When it comes to the platform they access most frequently throughout the day, Snapchat is king.

Although the study was only conducted among nearly 750 teens in a one-month period starting this spring, the new numbers might be worrying for Facebook. The company recently rebounded from its first-ever decline in users in the US and Canada. But overall, its global growth has slowed. The two countries account for 185 million daily users.

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