US teens aren’t fleeing Facebook as quickly as we thought

The technology world moves fast, especially where social media is concerned. Sometimes it can seem like there’s a new “Facebook-killer” on tap every week — especially if you have a tech reporter’s inbox. And the rumors of that ten-year-old network’s death seem to be even more frequent, with reports saying that teenagers are killing its growth prospects by turning to other options.But, with the Meerkats, Periscopes and Snapchats of the world now vying for attention, it’s not always clear how teens are really using social media these days. To explore the question, The Pew Research Center asked over 1,000 respondents, between ages 13 and 17, for their thoughts, and included them in a report published Thursday. see:Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.Much of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile devices. Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access1 to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type. African-American teens are the most likely of any group of teens to have a smartphone, with 85% having access to one, compared with 71% of both white and Hispanic teens. These phones and other mobile devices have become a primary driver of teen internet use: Fully 91% of teens go online from mobile devices at least occasionally. Among these “mobile teens,” 94% go online daily or more often. By comparison, teens who don’t access the internet via mobile devices tend to go online less frequently. Some 68% go online at least daily.African-American and Hispanic youth report more frequent internet use than white teens. Among African-American teens, 34% report going online “almost constantly” as do 32% of Hispanic teens, while 19% of white teens go online that often.

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