Reach of leading social media and networking sites used by teenagers and young adults in the United States as of February 2017

Reach of social media used by U.S. teens and young adults 2017 This statistic gives information on the most popular social media sites used by teenage and young adult internet users in the United States as of February 2017. During the survey period, it was found that 73 percent of responding internet users aged 13 to 24 used social photo sharing app Instagram. Despite Snapchat's dominance, Facebook continues to be one of the most popular social media and networking site used by teenagers and young adults, aged 12 to 24 years old in 2017. A total of 76 percent of respondents currently use Facebook, followed by Instagram use with a 73 percent share. Yet when teens, whose average age was 16, rated their most important social network, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter where given more important ratings than Facebook. These social networks are being increasingly visited via mobile devices. Nowadays, ninety-three percent of teens ages 15-17 have mobile access to the internet through a phone, tablet or other device. In North America, young adults and teenagers aged 16-24 spend the most time online via mobile, more than any other age group, spending nearly 200 minutes per day on a mobile device. Teen and Millennial age groups now spend almost as much time on mobile devices as they do on a PC/laptop/tablet.
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Percentage of respondents
Snapchat79%
Facebook76%
Instagram73%
Twitter40%
Pinterest31%
Tumblr16%
WhatsApp15%
Musical.ly11%
LinkedIn9%
Percentage of respondents
Snapchat79%
Facebook76%
Instagram73%
Twitter40%
Pinterest31%
Tumblr16%
WhatsApp15%
Musical.ly11%
LinkedIn9%
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This statistic gives information on the most popular social media sites used by teenage and young adult internet users in the United States as of February 2017. During the survey period, it was found that 73 percent of responding internet users aged 13 to 24 used social photo sharing app Instagram. Despite Snapchat's dominance, Facebook continues to be one of the most popular social media and networking site used by teenagers and young adults, aged 12 to 24 years old in 2017. A total of 76 percent of respondents currently use Facebook, followed by Instagram use with a 73 percent share. Yet when teens, whose average age was 16, rated their most important social network, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter where given more important ratings than Facebook. These social networks are being increasingly visited via mobile devices. Nowadays, ninety-three percent of teens ages 15-17 have mobile access to the internet through a phone, tablet or other device. In North America, young adults and teenagers aged 16-24 spend the most time online via mobile, more than any other age group, spending nearly 200 minutes per day on a mobile device. Teen and Millennial age groups now spend almost as much time on mobile devices as they do on a PC/laptop/tablet.
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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
January to February 2017
Number of respondents
total survey n=2,000
Age group
12 to 24 years
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
% currently ever use social networking website/service

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