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More teenagers are abandoning Facebook for YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram

By midian182 · 19 replies
Jul 8, 2019
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  1. A survey carried out by Business Insider alongside SurveyMonkey Audience partner Cint questioned 1,884 Americans aged 13 to 21 to discover the social media use of Generation Z (those born after 1996).

    When asked which platforms they previously used but don’t anymore, Facebook came out top, with 30 percent saying they’ve walked away from Mark Zuckerberg’s product. This was closely followed by messaging service KiK (29.7 percent), then Skype (24.6 percent), Twitter (21 percent), and Instagram (20.3 percent).

    Participants were also asked which platforms they check on a daily basis. While Facebook might be losing younger people, it seems plenty are still using Instagram, which it owns. The photo- and video-sharing network was first with 64.59 percent of votes, with YouTube second (62.48 percent) and Snapchat third (51.31 percent).

    The survey paints an overall picture of Generation Z preferring Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram over Facebook. Only 9.3 percent said they no longer used YouTube, while just over 18 percent have left Snapchat.

    The results align with a survey from 2017, which showed that Facebook users in the 12 to 17 age group were set to decline for a second year, while a study from March revealed the company was losing US teens and millennials at a rapid pace.

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  2. JordLevy

    JordLevy TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +14

    That's such a small sample group though over such a small period. You'd need to ask a larger group over a longer period of time to really establish a pattern.
    mbrowne5061 and Teko03 like this.
  3. mls067

    mls067 TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +30

    Late Gen-X here, I hate Facebook! I still have it but I have been purging my data--which Facebook makes it very difficult to do BTW. I rarely ever post any more and the junk that is posted on there by other people drives me crazy. I stopped following so much stuff and my feed is still garbage and with the USA elections getting closer, it may be enough to make me just delete the entire account.
  4. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 84   +42

    Spoiler alert, people born at or around the millennium (I.e. generation Z) are "millenials", just like people born at or around the population boom are "baby boomers"
  5. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 166   +119

    A lot of my friends left Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat for Instagram only.
    H3llion likes this.
  6. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,209   +670

    Gen-Y is the millennials (you're correct about the rough date range), Gen-Z came after millennials.
  7. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    There is a definite market for a privacy-focused social media platform. Why can't anybody get this right? NO, we don't want it offered from Facebook, Google, or Microsoft.

    Is everybody that is leaving just not caring about staying in touch with friends / family that are out of the same state or is everybody moving to a replacement platform that not many people have heard of? I refuse to believe Facebook can be replaced with Youtube or Instagram...
  8. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 896   +497

    I doubt we can say that people are leaving Facebook and going to YouTube. YouTube isn't really a platform for social updates or chatting with friends. YT might be increasingly popular for kids with nothing to do but look at videos, but it's not a replacement for FB. SnapChat and Instagram sure, but not YT.
  9. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +323

    Coming from a Gen Xer, this makes me curious what exactly they are doing. Each of these apps serve different purposes. Facebook has groups, messenger, and marketplace. Twitter I get, it's only relevant for emergency notifications or memes. Snapchat I despise, just send me a text message. Instagram is cool for pictures, but again message me on SMS or Message.

    I don't get these new fads to try out messaging services, like Tik Tok and whatever else is out there, there's too much conversation history lost by having all of those services.
  10. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Booster Posts: 111   +10

    38 and still MUSt be using IT.
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    Because you have to generate revenue some way. Analytical data such as gender, birth year, location are very important to be able to run these platforms. The bandwidth and development costs are enormous.
  12. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +528

    Obviously you never took stats class in highschool or college.
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,891   +1,530

    @JordLevy is closer to the truth. Longer sample period is meaningless, but sample size, from what specific population LOCATION is very meaningful. Even the distribution of the ages can be suspect, eg online one aged 21 :sigh: One can cherry-pick the sample to derive any result you please, even with a 5% confidence level.
  14. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 84   +42

    I'm correct about both, regardless of if some Boomer in the media decided to call Gen Y Millennials, and I gave a comparative example.
  15. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 196   +93

    Teenagers are so "smart" they take selfies non-stop, even when they are shitting. I'm shitting you not. They are crapping and sending each other photos of themselves crapping. NSA is firing people left and right. With that many "smart" teenagers sending their photos non-stop they don't even need to bother collecting images. Now they have too many of them. They are spending a fortune on the storage space.
  16. GirlDownunder

    GirlDownunder TS Booster Posts: 109   +34

    Privacy has been deleted from ALL modern computers, thanks to the computer processor-makers, Intel & AMD. Both, have injected a "back-door" into their CPU's which is undetectable to the customer.

    Social media platforms don't really matter, but they do make a good smoke-screen & more easily manipulate the weak-minded...

    PS: for the best possible "feel-good" that you're NOT being tracked everywhere (even though you probably are anyway, as laid out above), install MeWe.com & Protonmail. Today. Get your friends & family to do the same. You'll be far less pestered and it'll put a "ding" in FB's wallet. You're welcome. :)
  17. JordLevy

    JordLevy TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +14

    A longer sample period would help establish a trend :)
  18. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,891   +1,530

    This kind of data is Binary; they do or do not. The size of the sample compared to the whole number of "teenagers" is very significant, but not the number of days used to collect the data.
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,891   +1,530

    For a trend, one would repeat the sampling at periodic intervals, 3,6,12 months apart
  20. JordLevy

    JordLevy TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +14

    Fair enough would be less overhead than a prolonged sampling period.

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