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Gen Z Aren’t Fans of Facebook and Research Proves It: Survey

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Back in the mid 2000s, pretty much everyone was on Facebook. Teens posted heavily posed, poorly lit photos of themselves living their lives. But for teens today, Gen Z is staying away from the social media platform as apps like TikTok become more popular, the Pew Research Center has found.

In 2015, the Pew Research Center discovered that 71 per cent of teens between 13 to 17 used Facebook. But in 2022, they surveyed teens and found that number has dropped to 32 per cent.

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TikTok and YouTube are the most popular platforms

It doesn’t really come as much of a shock, considering the popularity of other social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat — 67 per cent of Gen Zers surveyed use TikTok, 62 per cent are on Instagram and 52 per cent use Snapchat, according to Pew.

And while TikTok seems to be the most popular platform, it’s actually YouTube that teens are on the most, with a whopping 95 per cent of teens reporting they use it.

Related: The richest TikTokers in 2021.

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Teen girls are most likely to use TikTok

The Pew survey revealed that teen girls are more likely than teen boys to say they use TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat. Platforms such as Twitch and Reddit are more popular with teen boys.

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Adults are still on Facebook

With young people not really using Facebook, the platform is still popular — thanks to use from those aged 30 and over. Last year, Pew found that a number of adults still use Facebook, as 77 per cent of adults aged 30 to 49 used it, 73 per cent of those aged 50 to 64 reported they were on it, and half of respondents aged 65 and older confirmed they were still using the website.

So although it’s not really surprising, Gen Z is avoiding Facebook in favour of making comedic TikToks and Instagram photo dumps.


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