Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America's youth - but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
The study, published Thursday, showed that only 51 percent of surveyed kids age 13 to 17 said they use Facebook.
As for which of the social media services the teen survey participants used the most, Snapchat came in highest with 35 percent identifying it as their most frequent choice, while YouTube followed at 32 percent, and Instagram at 15 percent.
Now, YouTube is the most popular platform among teens - about 85 percent said that they use it. In the previous study, just 52% of teens said they used Instagram, while 41% said they used Snapchat.
The time teens spend online has gone up significantly since Pew's 2014-2015 study. It turned out that teenagers from lower income families use Facebook more compared to their peers from larger-income families. YouTube and Reddit were not included as options in the 2014-2015 survey but were included in the current survey.
However, 10 percent of respondents said Facebook was the social network they used the most. Instagram not only remains popular, it's slightly more popular than Snapchat. Only 10 percent of teens said Facebook was their most-visited site. Ninety-five percent of teens have access to a smartphone in 2018.
In case you had any doubts, teenagers are using social media.
That might explain why 45% of teens said they're online "almost constantly", a stat that has nearly doubled since the 2015 survey.
Last year, the analyst firm Piper Jaffray reported that Snapchat, known originally for his video messages are ephemeral, was the favorite social network of teenagers of americans, 47% of them using this platform.
"It has a negative impact on social (in-person) interactions", a 17-year-old boy told researchers. One of the platforms that are missing from the most recent survey is Vine. It also asked teens to state which social media websites they used and didn't use. Thirty-one percent say it has a mostly positive effect, 24 percent say it's mostly negative and 45 percent say it's neither.