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Social network profile ownership in the United Kingdom (UK) 2015-2019, by age group

93 percent of adults in the United Kingdom (UK) between the ages of 25 to 34 had their own social network profile as of 2019, according to Ofcom. While those aged 75 years or older are the least likely to have their own profile, the share of people in that age group on social media increased from 19 percent in 2015, to 38 percent in 2018.

Is Facebook losing younger users?

Just as the monthly number of Facebook visitors aged 55 years or older grew by 2.4 million from March 2016 to 2018, there were 400,000 fewer visitors aged from 18 to 34 years old. Instagram attracted approximately 1.7 million additional users in the same age range, while Snapchat attracted an additional 5.4 million visitors aged 18 to 24.

Age and gender profile of Facebook users

As of 2018, the number of female Facebook users in the UK is higher than, or equal to, the number of male Facebook users across all age ranges. Those aged 25 to 34 years make up the largest group, with 11.2 million users.

Share of respondents who had their own social network profile in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2015 to 2019, by age*

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

internet users.

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "I'd now like to ask you some questions about social media - so using websites or apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and YouTube. Do you have a social media profile or account on any sites or apps?" single coded.
** Results for 2016 are weighted. Respondent numbers for previous years are as follows: n (2010) = 1,489; n (2011) = 1,369; n (2012) = 1,381; n (2013) = 1,272; n (2014) = 1,609; n (2015) = 1,458; n (2016) = 1,553; n (2017) = 1,206; n (2018) = 1,570.
Data for years previous to 2013 were published earlier by the source.
The source indicates that, "The way in which the question was asked of adults was amended between 2012 and 2014, which could account for some of the differences shown."

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