How Many Teenagers Use Social Media

How Many Teenagers Use Social Media in 2024?

Published on: July 14, 2023
Last Updated: July 14, 2023

How Many Teenagers Use Social Media in 2024?

Published on: July 14, 2023
Last Updated: July 14, 2023

Quick Answer 🔍

How many teenagers use social media in 2024?

Statistics from a survey revealed that in 2022, 97% of teenagers use social media daily.

By now, we should all know that social media is here to stay.

Virtually everyone uses social media, but today, we are going to discuss social media usage by teenagers. 

We will be addressing how many teenagers use social media and other facts that affect the teen generation.

Moreover, we will discuss how and where teenagers use social media.

The age demographics we will address in terms of teenagers ranges from 13 to 17 years old. 

Additionally, we will share what we found about what social media platform they use the most and their usage of all social outlets. 

Let’s explore teenagers and social media use.

Key Statistics

  • 97% of teenagers use some form of social media daily.
  • 46% of teens say they are on the internet constantly.
  • 95% of teens say YouTube is their favorite social platform.
  • 67% of teenagers use TikTok.
  • Only 32% of teens use Facebook.
  • Girls use the internet constantly more than boys.

How Many Teenagers Use Social Media in 2024?

Teen Social Media

Statistics from a survey revealed that in 2022, 97% of teenagers use social media daily.

This data comes from a U.S. survey of over 1,300 teens between 13 and 17 years old. 

For perspective, data from 2014-15 showed that 92% of teens used social media.

When teenagers in the survey were asked about 10 specific social platforms, they use the most, these are the findings:

YouTube is the most preferred platform of teens in the United States with 95% of them saying they have ever used it. 

TikTok is second at 67% and teen usage of Instagram is at 62%.

After these social media platforms, Snapchat (59%), Facebook (32%), Twitter (23%) Twitch (20%), WhatsApp (17%), Reddit (14%), and Tumblr (5%) were all under 60%. 

For perspective, here are the figures retrieved from 2014-2015:

  • 0% YouTube
  • 0% WhatsApp 
  • 0% Twitch 
  • 0% Reddit
  • 0% TikTok (Not available in 2014-15)
  • 52% Instagram
  • 41% Snapchat
  • 71% Facebook
  • 33% Twitter
  • 14% Tumblr

Teenagers in 2014-2015 were engaged less but used certain platforms more than teenagers in 2022-2023.

The new teen social media usage statistics are significantly higher now.

Now we have an idea of how many teens are using social media and on what platforms.

(Pew Research, weforum.org)

How Do Teenagers Use Social Media?

The fact that the Pew Research survey found that 97% use social media is astonishing, but the survey unveiled something more startling.

That startling statistics is that 46% of teens claim to use the internet constantly.

For comparison, the data from 2014-2015 showed that 24% were on the internet constantly, which means 46% is a huge jump in less than a decade.

What did we expect with the newer generation being raised with technology?

Teenagers of color (Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino) are more apt to be on the internet every day at 56% and 55% respectively.

White/Caucasian account for 37% of teens who use the internet constantly.

In terms of conventional gender roles, 47% of boys and 48% of girls said they used the internet constantly. 

There are also statistics regarding age distribution among teenagers who said they constantly use the internet.

In fact, 36% of teens aged 13 to 14 and 52% of teens aged 15 to 17 claimed to use the internet constantly. 

These teens were either on their mobile phones, tablet, or a computer constantly.

(Pew Research, weforum.org)

What Do Teenagers Use Social Media For?

The Pew Research Center shared their findings from a survey called, “Connection, Creativity, and Drama: Teen Life on Social Media in 2022.”

When analyzing this data, these were the findings on what teenagers share on social media.

  • 43% of teens in America use social media to communicate their accomplishments.
  • 34% of American teens use social networks to talk about their families. 
  • 25% of teens in the United States share their feelings and emotions.
  • 12% discuss their dating life.
  • 11% share their personal problems.
  • 10% talk politics.
  • 9% share their religious beliefs.

None of this data should come as a surprise since during this phase of life, teenagers seek acceptance and are finding themselves and discovering themselves. 

In contrast, teenagers also won’t post certain things on social media for different reasons.

The findings from this part of the survey include:

  • 50% of girls between 15 and 17 thought people might use what they share to embarrass them. This percentage was lower among girls between 13 and 14 (under 40%). 33% of boys between 13 and 17 felt the same.
  • 51% of girls aged 15 to 17 didn’t share something because it doesn’t fit their social media presence. Around 30% of boys of the same age felt this way. Girls between 13 and 14 also accounted for around 30%, while boys of the same age accounted for 28%.
  • 43% of girls aged 15 to 17 didn’t want to offend anyone, while boys of the same age accounted for 29%. Among girls between 13 and 14 and boys between 13 and 17 accounted for 28%-30% of this survey segment.
  • 34% of girls aged 15 to 17 thought it might harm their chances for schools and jobs, while 29% of boys of the same age felt the same. Another 20% of boys between 13 and 14 years old responded in kind to this question and around 29% of boys between 15 and 17 felt this way

(Pew Research 2)

Where Do Teenagers Use Social Media?

Social Media

Let’s face it, we all know that teenagers all over the planet use social media.

We have gathered some information related to teen usage of social media at the global level. 

As of April 2023:

  • 131.1 million global Instagram users are teenagers aged 13 to 17. 
  • 8.9% of Instagram’s global users are aged 13 to 17 years old
  • 109.4 million global Facebook users are teenagers aged 13 to 17.
  • 3.2% of Facebook’s global users were males between 13 to 17 years old, and 2.4% were female.
  • The largest percentage of users on YouTube range from 15 to 35 years old.
  • 25% of TikTok US users in the are 10 to 19 years old

(DataReportal, Increditools, SproutSocial)

Conclusion

After much research, we have shared what we found about how teenagers use social media.

While most of these statistics are related to American teens, it’s likely that teen social usage across the globe isn’t much different. 

It’s obvious that teenagers use social media more than ever than in the past and that they use it for different purposes than their adult counterparts.

Gender also makes a difference in how teens use social networks. 

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article and that you now know how many teens use social media and more.

Sources

DataReportalPew ResearchPew Research 2
SproutSocialIncreditoolsweforum.org

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