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The most essential social media platforms for teens and young adults in the UK 2019

This survey represents the top social media platforms in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019 according to the 15-25 age group (Gen Z). The most popular app for them is Facebook with 24.2 percent of respondents claiming it is one of the three social media platforms they can least do without. It is followed by YouTube and WhatsApp, which are essential for 23.2 percent and 21.2 percent of respondents respectively.

Audience reach

Its ability to engage users and serve highly relevant advertisements based on visitor habits and interaction on a platform makes social media a highly effective marketing tool. Facebook, the leading app amongst Gen Z has roughly 2.5 billion active users globally and is able to reach a large audience at relatively low cost. According to a 2019 survey, it is also the preferred way 18-24 year-olds in the UK want to hear from brands.

Gen Z and social media marketing

According to a survey in June 2019, whilst different age groups followed brands on social media for varying reasons, Gen Z and Millennials mainly did so in order to receive discounts as well as product updates. This makes them ideally positioned for social media advertising. Despite this, opinion still varies when it comes to influencer led marketing, with a majority of UK consumers believing brands should be more transparent in disclosing their use of influencers and 88 percent believing they should be informed in such a case.

Which social media could teen and young adult users in the United Kingdom (UK) least do without as of 3rd quarter 2019?

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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q3 2019

Number of respondents

334 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The original survey question was: "Which social media could you least do without?"

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