Reach of social media used by 26 to 35 year olds in the UK 2019

According to a 2019 survey run in the United Kingdom (UK), Facebook was the most popular social media platform among those aged 26 to 35. Out of all the respondents, 82.5 percent had an account on the social networking site. Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp came in second place, with 80.6 percent of respondents using the service while YouTube and Instagram featured third and fourth respectively.

Facebook as a leading digital ad platform

Facebook continues to dominate the social media market in the UK, its penetration rate having been on the rise since 2015. By 2022, the social media platform’s share of monthly active users is forecast to reach 62.44 percent of the United Kingdom’s population. As a platform with such widespread reach not just within the UK but around the world, Facebook is perfectly poised to become a leading online advertising tool. In fact, the social network giant brought in nearly 23 percent of all digital advertising revenue in the United Kingdom in 2018, the highest among all social media platforms. This is forecasted to reach 28 percent by 2021, narrowing the gap with market leader Google.

The news and social media

Facebook remains, albeit to a lesser extent, a news source for nearly 30 percent in the United Kingdom according to figures until 2018. Although this number is significantly lower than in countries such as Italy and Spain where around half of the surveyed population turned to Facebook for news, it is no small figure and one would think that such numbers would reflect a positive perception of social media as a news source. A 2019 survey demonstrated however, that this was not the case with social media ranking lowest in terms of level of trust against other sources such as traditional media, online media, and owned media.  

Reach of leading social networking sites used by those aged 26-35 in the United Kingdom (UK) as of 3rd quarter 2019

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q3 2019

Number of respondents

407 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The original survey question was: "Which of the following social media do you use?"

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